The Yesha (Judea and Samaria) Council announced in its annual report on Thursday that the Jewish population in Judea and Samaria grew 3.9 percent in 2016, more than twice the national average of 1.9 percent per year.
Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel rejected the possibility of a Palestinian state Thursday, saying that the settlement movement will walk away from the demolition of Amona heartened by hard numbers and a clear vision of the future.
After a 48-hour warning was issued on Tuesday to the residents of the Jewish village of Amona, located in Samaria, protesters flocked to the small settlement to stand with residents against the IDF forces which began to mass outside on Wednesday morning.
Amona residents have accused the government of reneging on the agreement with them, and say they no longer consider themselves bound the by the terms of their agreement to leave their illegal outpost peacefully.
Since Trump invited Netanayhu to Washington, sometime next month, both the annexation bill and any planned settlement construction will be informally put on hold until after the Trump-Netanyahu meeting.
The location of both Ma’ale Adumin and Jerusalem, at the narrow center of the peanut shaped Judea and Samaria, would certainly threaten any realistic effort in the future to establish a contiguous Palestinian state.
The command center included dozens of activists who worked to strengthen Hamas’ presence in Judea and Samaria, providing financial support of the families of terrorists and organizing student groups within Hamas