Housing minister Uri Ariel was among thousands of people, led by fellow ministers, Knesset members, rabbis and other public figures who marched, Thursday afternoon, from the eastern Jerusalem suburb of Ma'aleh Adumim to Mevasseret Adumim in the E1 corridor between Ma'aleh Adumim and the capital in a call for Israel to build in the corridor. Addressing those in attendance at a gathering before the march, the Jewish Home Member of Knesset said, "There are those who think that if they go to placate, to buckle down to the world, we will have quiet. Look at the Katyushas and [other] missiles [launched] on Be'er Sheva', Sderot, Ashkelon and other cities in the country. We must not give in. The more we buckle under, the more they pressure us."
Addressing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Ariel continued, "We are here to keep your promise to build Mevasseret Adumim." He also called on the hareidi-religious public to join the struggle for the land of Israel by settling in Judea and Samaria. He concluded by saying there will be only one state between the Mediterranean and the River Jordan and that will be Israel which will continue to build in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and Mevassert Adumim, among other parts of the state.