Israel PM Bennet has thrown Judea-Samaria under the bus - 2021-08-15 16:00:00
The Binyamin Council and the head of the council, Israel Ganz, are fighting in response to a series of actions by the government that, according to them, are harming settlement in Judea and Samaria.
Council Chairman Ganz convened a press conference in front of the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, after only 14 units out of 2,000 ready-made construction plans had been approved in Benjamin. "In fact, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is blocking plans that have already passed legal approvals and have been waiting for the General Assembly to convene for many months," the council said.
Ganz attacked Prime Minister Bennett and said he was drying up and endangering settlement. "Extensive moves we have promoted for construction in localities have been thrown in the trash by the government and headed by Bennett. ".
Israel Gantz also said that "critical actions that took a long time and finally matured and received the approval of the Yoshim" and are real oxygen for thousands of residents and the development of the settlements were simply shelved. This is lawlessness in its name and something bad is emerging here. "
"As someone who is committed to the development of Benjamin and committed to you, the residents of Benjamin, I intend to do everything to change this alarming policy. We are fighting for the rights of the residents of Benjamin and all the residents of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley."
Former Likud MK Yuli Edelstein arrived at the Benjamin Council protest tent camp, saying: "I came here to identify with the struggle of the heads of the Judea and Samaria authorities who are here. It is better to have housing units, so things need to be put on their accuracy.
"This decision is extremely problematic against the background of two things. One - the lack of permits for Jewish construction in the same area in Judea and Samaria, and against the background of the lack of treatment of the illegal construction of Palestinians in Area C who are trying to stifle Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria."
According to Edelstein, "The struggle of the heads of the authorities is not their private struggle, but a struggle for the future of Judea and Samaria. We all need to pay attention, unfortunately this government provides us with failures in every area, it is worth noting that if we follow this path of permits for Palestinians in Area C and lack of permits for Jews and unlimited illegal construction of Palestinians we will simply assist Palestinians in a well-planned effort to stifle our settlement.
"Therefore, we must fight and do everything to get this government to back away from these fateful decisions," Edelstein stressed.
Gush Etzion Council Chairman Shlomo Ne'eman: "The residents want to build their house and that is not happening. Neither 2,000 nor 20,000 housing units will be enough for us. Settlement is a value and it is life. Stop perceiving settlement as a hostage of Midianite proceedings. There are those who say that we should be evacuated ... let's see you evacuate us. We are here to stay to build and stay ''.
Council Chairman Benjamin Israel Gantz: '' Naftali Bennett and his friends in New Hope promised that this government would not harm settlement in Judea and Samaria. The government is examined in deeds and not in words. We here the heads of the councils say 'so far'.
'' This government has decided to approve only 14 housing units instead of 2000 in Benjamin. It's a freeze and no hand is given to it. This is a fatal blow to settlement in Judea and Samaria. We turn to Bennett and the ministers - the boycott that you do not talk to the heads of authorities in Judea and Samaria is not acceptable. If you do not do that, we will move here with the residents. "
Kedumim Council Chairman Hananel Dorni: '' You promised a government of 10 degrees to the right. There are 500,000 residents here who shout their desire to develop. "I am asked what the difference is between this government and the governments headed by the Likud and I say that there were plans for approval that complied with the rules and yet did not approve and all this without updating us."
MK Michal Waldiger of the Religious Zionist faction: Unfortunately and to our shame this is not happening. I call on the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior - come back to the right without blinking. "
The mayor of Ma'ale Adumim, Benny Kashriel: "I am disappointed that Bennett is actually freezing construction. Calls on the Prime Minister, Shaked and Saar to end the freeze. We will know how to fight and go to demonstrations. "
MK Gadi Yabarkan from the Likud: "I came today to support all the residents of Judea and Samaria. Unfortunately the rabbi cynical people, Bennett and Shaked, took the ideology of right-wingers that our whole land of Israel and for the first time in history a prime minister with a kippah makes a move against settlement and freezes settlement and works against Zionism, a move that feeds hatred of Jews and BDS. After the budget they will go to the construction of a Palestinian state. Never Again. We must protect the Land of Israel because we are not going anywhere. "
Council Chairman Emanuel Eliyahu Gafni: '' There are no apartments in the State of Israel, so you do not approve because it is after the Green Line? There is a solution for housing here, stop attaching construction in Judea and Samaria to political and political issues.Original Article: