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  4/18/2013, Iyar 8, 5773

Land Struggle Also Critical in Negev, Galilee


Chairman Avigdor Lieberman of the Yisrael Beyteinu party said, Thursday, "Whoever sees the scope of the takeover of Negev and Galilee land by non-Zionist entities understands that settlement activity in the area is critical to the continued existence of the state of Israel from a national standpoint."

Speaking during a Settlement Forum tour of the middle Arava area near Israel's southern border with Jordan, Lieberman also said, "Since the days of 'Wall and Tower' [communities], the substantive debate over land control has not changed. Last week's hate speech of Member of Knesset [Jamal] Zahalka that "Zionist colonialism is taking over Palestinian land," proves that if Israel gives up agricultural settlement activity, we will lose the state's national character."