Israel Breaks Ground on First Settlement in Biblical Heartland in 25 Years
Now, Ziv’s six children share a room in a girls’ dormitory where all the Amona residents live. He and his wife live in another room. They have a small sink for a “kitchen.”
“You have to understand, we are sitting here in the land of the tribe of Benjamin. Our forefathers came here 3,500 years ago,” Ziv said. “All the Bible is talking about these areas. We are in a struggle of coming back to our own homeland.”
And that struggle could soon be over for these families. There’s a new settlement in the works with room for 100 families.
It’s called Amichai, which means my people or my nation lives. The former residents of Amona chose the name as a reminder that Amona also is alive.
“The Jewish people are coming back to its land and this why it’s making a big fuss and this is why everyone is against it,” Ziv said.
That includes some Israelis, like the European-funded organization Yesh Din, which spearheaded the legal battle to remove Amona.
“We believe that as long as there will be an occupation in the West Bank there is no real way to secure that the Palestinians will enjoy their full rights,” Yesh Din spokesman Gilad Grossman told CBN News.
“I don’t believe in the Bible and even if I did believe in the Bible I don’t see how that’s basis to what is happening right now” Grossman said.
Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria are one of the most contentious issues in the Israeli-Palestinian talks.
President Trump asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “hold back on settlements” at their White House meeting several months ago. But some, like Avihai Boaron, think Trump will actually be good for settlements in the end.
Boaron is the spokesman for the Israelis from Amona. He thinks Trump realizes that Israel needs Judea and Samaria to be strong.