Israel: Moving On and Out

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A forced evacuation. An obliteration of a settlement. Why can’t Israel just have it easy for once?

On Wednesday, February 1st, Jews living in Amona in the West Bank were forced to leave their homes as their settlement was deemed illegal. The court ruled that they were living in homes built on private Palestinian land, so Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided it was time to take a stand. He promised to establish new Israeli settlements in the West Bank even though much of the world still sees them as illegal. But why are these settlements being deemed illegal? Why should these citizens have to fight to have a home? There is no reason to forcibly evacuate these innocent people from their most sacred places, but now that the damage is done, it is vital that Netanyahu gives his people a basic necessity: a safe place to live.

The settlers in Amona, along with hundreds of other Jewish activists, tried to protest and prevent this evacuation from happening. They threw rocks and wooden planks and sprayed fire extinguishers at the police. Inside of a synagogue there were peaceful protestors refusing to leave Amona, but the Israeli Police had to force them to leave.

Not only do I believe that these settlements should not be destroyed, but also that it is important that Netanyahu assures his people that they will have a new place to live as soon as possible. It is obviously tremendously difficult for Israel to expand its land but Netanyahu knows the best way to deal with these struggles is to move on from them. As unfair as this situation is to Israel, the steps that will be taken to build new settlements is absolutely the right way to go about it.

These settlements are extremely important to the people of Israel, especially to those actually living in them. Imagine if someone were to barge in and violently force you out of your home, after you had been living there in peace for so long. This violence is completely uncalled for and hard to accept. Would you want to have to fight to stay safe and keep your home? I highly doubt it. Netanyahu knows all too well how to handle this conflict because protecting against violence is not something new to Israel. It’s time to build more settlements, ones even better than those in Amona.

Why shouldn’t these innocent people be allowed to live in the settlement that they were finally able to call home? I believe it is unfair that they were forced to leave and I know that Netanyahu is making the right decision to establish new ones as soon as possible. The protests that took place in Amona show that all these settlers want is a place to live. It is clear that this is not the first incident of destroying an illegal settlement and robbing families of their homes and communities. I strongly believe that these new outposts that Netanyahu is building should be legalized so that the families living there no longer have to live in constant fear.

Relevant Links:

Tribune News Services. “Trump to Israel: New Settlements ‘may Not Be Helpful’ to Peace Process.” N.p., 02 Feb. 2017. Web. 12 Feb. 2017.

“Israeli Police Evict Settlers from Illegal West Bank Outpost.” USA Today. Gannett Satellite Information Network, 01 Feb. 2017. Web. 12 Feb. 2017.


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