(photo credit: TOVAH LAZAROFF)
Settler leader Avi Ro’eh intends to resign from his position as head of the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea and Samaria by the end of August.
“I want to thank everyone for their support,” said Ro’eh, who has held the position since 2013.
The tall, blunt-spoken politician plans to retain his position as the Binyamin Regional Council head.
In the coming weeks the 24 council, regional council heads and mayors from Judea and Samaria will meet to decide on a replacement.
Ro’eh’s replacement will come from that list.
During his time on the council, he has weathered the 2014 kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in the Gush Etzion Region and the wave of violence that began in September 2015.
On his watch the Amona outpost was evacuated in February, followed by the demolition of nine homes in the Ofra settlement. Both demolitions were the result of High Court of Justice rulings.
Work also began on the first completely new settlement in Judea and Samaria in over 20 years. Amona, Ofra and the new settlement, named Amihai, are all located in the Binyamin Region of the West Bank.
The Halamish settlement, that was the site of a terrorist attack that killed three people last month, also took place in that region.