Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Breaking News

Right-Winger Naftali Bennett Gets Extra Security as Amona Outpost Evacuation Looms

JERUSALEM — Naftali Bennett, the head of Israel’s pro-settler Jewish Home party, is being provided extra security in the wake of threats as the evacuation of the Amona outpost nears.

Threatening text messages republished by Hebrew-language Israeli news website Walla accuse Bennett of “betrayal” and “selling out the settlers” with the evacuation set to occur by Dec. 25, as ordered by the Supreme Court. Far-right activists also threaten to violently resist security forces attempts to evacuate the West Bank outpost.

The decision to add extra security was first reported by Walla and confirmed to the news website by Bennett’s office. The extra security for the education minister includes more guards and a bulletproof vehicle.

A clause that would have prevented the evacuation of Amona was removed from a controversial bill that would legalize West Bank outposts built on Palestinian land. A new compromise brokered by Bennett and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would see the 40 families moved to a nearby plot of land on the same hilltop.

Some residents and their supporters reportedly have begun to plan for a violent resistance to a forced evacuation, and Israeli forces have drilled for the evacuation.

A message from our editor-in-chief Jodi Rudoren

We're building on 127 years of independent journalism to help you develop deeper connections to what it means to be Jewish today.

With so much at stake for the Jewish people right now — war, rising antisemitism, a high-stakes U.S. presidential election — American Jews depend on the Forward's perspective, integrity and courage.

—  Jodi Rudoren, Editor-in-Chief 

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.