Israeli media outlets reported on Tuesday that the army was giving the settlers 48 hours before it blocked entry to the West Bank outpost. The settlement has been condemned as illegal by critics of the administration of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the settlers must remove their property and leave by midnight Wednesday local time. The order comes as the High Court of Justice simultaneously deliberates over a relocation plan that would see the settlers moved to a nearby site.
The outpost, Amona, is the largest of about 100 outposts established in the West Bank without permission. The country’s Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that it should be demolished, with Wednesday February 8 being the last possible date for its removal.
In 2006, Israeli policies tore down nine homes at the outpost, sparking clashes between settlers and the authorities. Several dozen trailers remained at the location and have become a …