Chairman of Samaria Residents Council Benny Katzover responded to the statements of Rabbi Shai Piron. Rabbi Piron is a candidate with the Yesh Atid party, which is headed by Yair Lapid. He was quoted as having said he would be willing to give up some Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria in exchange for peace. Katzover said in response, "I wonder about the readiness of a Torah observant Jewish person to expel residents who live outside large community blocs." Katziver said that land seceded to the Palestinian Authority would "turn into a terrorist base."