>> An eight year battle reaching its final chapter. Israeli soldiers deployed around to the West Bank outpost of Amona on Wednesday, preparing for the evacuation of its residents. The country's Supreme Court ruled the outpost must be demolished by February 8th. Finding it was built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land.
The 330 Jewish settlers who lived there, not planning to go quietly, joined by hundreds of others who made their way to the hilltop outpost overnight. Setting fire to tires at the entrance the settlement and throwing rocks at Israeli forces.>> The feelings are harsh here. I spent the night here and everyone's feeling, except for some Israeli haters and left wing radicals, no one is happy.
Look around you, we're surrounded by thorns and stones. No one was ever stripped of this land over here, everyone knows it's false and wrong. It's a plot, and unfortunately, they are going to uproot a Jewish community in greater Israel for no reason at all, and it hurts a lot.
>> The devoutly religious young men see themselves as a last line of defense for Amona, a collection of pre-fabricated homes.
the five decades since capturing the West Bank, Israel has built around 120 settlements, which most of the world deemed illegal and obstacle to peace with the Palestinians.
Amona is the largest of the outpost. The eviction came just hours after Israel approved building another 3,000 settlement homes in the occupied West Bank. The third such declaration in 11 days since the US swore in its new leader. President Trump has signaled he could be more accommodating to settlement projects than his predecessor.