Bayit Yehudi party leader Minister Naftali Bennett stated during a faction meeting that after a half year of Palestinian terror, it is time to apply Israeli law to Gush Etzion, calling to annex the liberated area as an official part of the State of Israel.
“A nation cannot be viewed as occupying its own land” he added, stating the time has come to annex Gush Etzion as was done in areas of Yerushalayim and the Golan Heights in 1967. He feels it is a mistake to continue talks surrounding a compromise and land withdrawals.
In response to his statements, opposition leader MK Yitzchak Herzog stated the idea is a bad one, “annexing millions of Palestinians like millions of mosquitoes around us. We need to drain the swamp. This is precisely the hashkafa and the separation plan is the basis of this. This is the only viable plan, to not change the reality for the mosquitoes will bite us”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)