West Bank settlement
Israel faces a new deadline to evacuate Amona, the largest unauthorised outpost in the West Bank. The new deadline was set on January 1 by Israel's Supreme Court that ordered the state to evacuate the settlement.
The decision, which was made by a three-judge panel led by Supreme Court President Asher Grunis, extended the original deadline which was set for the end of 2012. The extension came as a response to the state's request for a six-month deferral.The court also added that the state would have to provide a situation update by March and ordered the residents to submit a position paper explaining their stance. Such reports are thought to be used as an indication to whether the state and outpost residents would come to an agreement on a peaceful evacuation and how many structures would be demolished. Amona, which is in the northern West Bank between Jerusalem and Nablus, was established in 1995 on land owned by Palestinians.