Israeli High Court postpones Amona outpost eviction by 45 days



The Amona outpost. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Israel’s High Court of Justice agreed Thursday to postpone the evacuation of the Amona outpost in Samaria one last time, giving residents a grace period of 45 days until Feb. 8, 2017.

The ruling came after a dramatic day during which the court rejected residents’ petition to make the eviction, originally set for Dec. 25, contingent upon a compromise being reached on the outpost's relocation. Eventually, the residents agreed to leave Amona quietly and without preconditions.

“Outposts” such as Amona are settlements that did not receive appropriate administrative authorizations and are therefore illegal, according to Israeli law.

Explaining its decision to grant the state's motion and postpone the eviction, the court said, “There is now a commitment to leave peacefully, without clashes or opposition….This commitment is unconditional, and therefore we are going so far as to accede to the request.”

Posted on December 23, 2016 .