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        12/23/2011, Kislev 27, 5772

      Yisrael Katz: Prepare to Disconnect from PA Coalition

      Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said, Friday morning, that if a Hamas-Fatah government is established in the Palestinian Authority and agreements with Israel are violated, the Jewish state must take a number of steps, including declaration of sovereignty on Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and preparation to defend them. Interviewed by Kol Yisrael government radio, the Likud lawmaker said Israel should sever all ties with the PA in the event of such a government and definitely not support a PA state.

      Katz said residents of Judea and Samaria must be guaranteed access to the rest of Israel, adding that highways in the region must connect to the heart of Israel. He also repeated remarks made in Karnei Shomron, Thursday, that he has asked the management of Israel Railways to accelerate the building of a line from Tel Aviv to the western Samarian (Shomron) city of Ariel.