Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said, Friday, that there was not alternative to legislation to authorize as-yet unauthorized Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (Shomron). His comment came during a conversation with Chairman Moshe Rosenbaum of the local council in the Binyamin-region community of Beit El, whose Ulpana (religious girls' high school) neighborhood faces uprooting.
Shalom said, "Settlement in Judea and Samaria is a value that the Likud believes in and wants to promote. There's no use to wage a new rescue battle on each and every hill and each and every pit. We must enact an authorization law in order to concentrate on the main effort, which is strengthening the settlement enterprise"