The cabinet of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voted on Sunday to renew works at the new community of Amichai, which is intended to house the evacuees of Amona. Construction at the site has been frozen in recent weeks due to budgetary difficulties, The Jerusalem Post reported.
Work on the establishment of Amichai began in June of this year, after which the government allocated NIS 60 million (approximately $16.5 million) to the project. Work on Amichai, since the initial government funding, had come to a standstill due to a lack of funds. The Israeli government approved an additional NIS 55 million budget for the construction of Amichai.
The new funds will cover the construction of roads, electricity, water and sewage systems. The government will also be asked to provide an additional NIS 5 million (approximately $1.3 million) to temporarily house the 40 Amona families until their permanent homes are built. The completion of the community of Amichai will mark the first Israeli community to be built in the Judean and Samarian regions of Israel in 25 years.
In his Facebook post (the original is below) on Amichai, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his joy over the new project, with the following statement, “Today the work that I had promised began, [the work] to establish a new community for the [former] residents of Amona. After decades, I have the merit of being the Prime Minister who will build a new community in Judea and Samaria. There was not and will not be a [Israeli] government more pro-Judea and Samaria than ours.”
Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised the pioneers of Judea and Samaria that, “there will not be [another] uprooting of any community in Israel.” We at Lev Haolam, strongly hope that the tragic end of Amona and the creation of Amichai mark a shift in sentiments from Israeli citizens and Israeli officials alike; a shift toward the recognition that the building of Judea and Samaria will continue and will not stop or be hindered by international or political pressure.