Chairman Ofir Akunis of the Likud party's responses team reacted, Monday morning to Defense Minister Ehud Barak's plan to remove Jews from most of their land in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) by saying, "It will never happen!" Referring to the government's removal of Jews from Gaza and northern Samaria in 2005, he added, "We already learned from the unfortunate Disengagement that unilateral measures increase terror and bring a rain of rockets on Israeli civilians. The idea is completely opposite to the stance of the Likud and the government, to which Barak is fundamentally committed."
Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon told Arutz Sheva that the plan showed Israel has not learned from the past. He added that it does not give the Palestinian Authority an incentive to return to negotiations and perpetuates the myth that the conflict began in 1967. He said he took a serious view of Barak's plan because it harms Israel's interests.
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