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Even pro-settlement Israeli parties give up fighting for Amona settlers

Politicians on the Israeli right appear to see the writing on the Supreme Court wall and have abandoned the battle over dismantling the West Bank outpost of Amona.
Israeli policemen clash with Jewish settlers at a burning barricade in the unauthorized outpost of Amona, close to the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ofra, February 1, 2006. Israeli riot police clashed on Wednesday with several thousand settlers battling to block partial demolition of an unauthorised West Bank outpost in scenes reminiscent of Israel's Gaza pullout. REUTERS/Oleg Popov - RTR19FRI
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Judging by the poor attendance of senior Likud officials at the Sept. 12 emergency meeting to save the West Bank outpost of Amona, the ruling party has no intention of sacrificing much to prevent the evacuation of the outpost illegally established on Palestinian-owned land.

The most senior participant at the gathering was Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, who is linked with the settler movement. She was joined on stage by three Likud backbenchers: Oren Hazan, Amir Ohana and Yehuda Glick. Science Minister Ofir Akunis sent a supportive video message that Amona promptly posted on Facebook, but that just about sums up the party’s support at the gathering.

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