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  3/21/2013, Nisan 10, 5773

Gush Etzion Council Chair: Settlements No Peace Barrier


Chairman Davidi Perl of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, south of Jerusalem, said, Thursday evening, that Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) were not barriers to peace. Responding to remarks by United States President Barack Obama to students at the Binyanei Ha'uma International Convention Center in Jerusalem, Perl said, "The people of Israel returned to the legacy of their fathers after 2,000 years of exile and returned to settle the land with an aspiration toward real peace with our neighbors. The settlement enterprise is not a barrier to peace, and compared to this, where we pulled out to the last millimeter, we have absorbed terror and missiles."

Perel continued, "We respect and appreciate the firm support of the United States for Israel, but even between friends, it is permissible for there to be different opinions and positions, and we expect the United States to respect that and act accordingly."