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Netanyahu says Amona settlement’s removal under discussion

At the Knesset’s first-ever Question Time for the prime minister, PM Benjamin Netanyahu addresses calls by some lawmakers and cabinet ministers to settle via legislation the lands dispute surrounding the Amona settlement in the West Bank.

The High Court of Justice has ruled that the land is privately owned by Palestinians, and ordered the buildings constructed on this private land removed by December 2016.

Netanyahu rejects the claims by the MK asking the question — Issawi Freij of Meretz — that the lands are “stolen,” saying the problem is a lack of appropriate regulations. He says he has held meetings with Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon on the matter, and current DM Avigdor Liberman has asked for a few days to consider the matter and seek a solution.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Knesset during Question Time, July 18, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Knesset during Question Time, July 18, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

— Marissa Newman

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