Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday that construction of the first new Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria in 25 years has begun.
In the community of Amichai, 100 new homes will be built for the evicted residents of Amona, a settlement outpost housing 42 families that Israel razed in February due to Palestinian land ownership claims.
“Today, ground works began, as I promised, for the establishment of the new community for the residents of Amona,” Netanyahu tweeted. “After decades, I have the privilege to be the prime minister who is building a new community in Judea and Samaria.”
Israel Radio reported that the construction conducted at the site Tuesday consisted of laying infrastructure for the community. Additional building plans must still be approved.
Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett celebrated the groundbreaking by raising a toast with community leaders from Judea and Samaria.