Chairman Naftali Bennett of the Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) party promoted his plan for Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria (Shomron), Sunday evening. He distributed a booklet on the plan and spoke about it during the 14th Herzliya Conference on public policy. The minister said the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas means Israel must recognize that the age of the Oslo Accords is over and didn't work, adding that terror will pursue those who run away from it.
As he has done in recent forums, Bennett said sovereignty would begin in Area C, home to 400,000 Israelis and 70,000 Palestinian Authority (PA) Arabs, with the rest of Judea and Samaria to remain as autonomous PA territory. He referred to the plan as Gush Etzion First, referring to the area just south of Jerusalem, where much of the Book of Ruth's more-than 3,000-year-old narrative, read during last week's Shavuot holiday, takes place. He concluded by saying, "After thousands of years, Jewish sovereignty will return to where Ruth and Boaz met, if only we want it."