The illegal West Bank outpost of Amona has been given a temporary reprieve: The State Prosecutor's Office informed the High Court Sunday that despite the illegal construction on the premises, it will not be evicted at this time.
The State's brief stressed that while the state was not shrugging off the need to enforce zoning and construction directives in the West Bank, evicting Amona was a relatively low priority.
West Bank construction, said the brief, has become one of the focal points of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, as well as in Israel's dealing with the United States and other allies.
"Therefore, government policies concerning any change to the existing situation are considered on a broader spectrum of international and security interests."
National considerations, said the State, also influence enforcement priorities and therefore more time is needed to assess the situation.
The petition asking the court to order the razing of illegal buildings in Amona was filed by Palestinians in 2008.
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