Sharon asks Mofaz to push dismantling of outpost

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon asked Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz on Sunday to prod along the dismantling of Amona, an unauthorized West Bank settlement north of Jerusalem, Israel Radio reported. The Prime Minister's Office confirmed that the two met, but would not release details. The Defense Ministry had no immediate comment. Israel had promised the US to dismantle dozens of unauthorized outposts that have cropped up in the West Bank since March 2001. The Amona outpost that was discussed on Sunday is exceptional because of the presence of permanent buildings in the settlement. Taking down permanent buildings requires a special cabinet decision, Deputy Defense Minister Ze'ev Boim said.