More than 100 people took part in a rally Thursday evening calling on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to reject a "two-state solution". More such events are slated, here and in the United States, as Netanyahu is leaving for his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Monday.
The demonstration, which took place across from the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem, was called to
Daniella Weiss said the coming Netanyahu-Obama meeting is "fateful".
encourage Netanyhau to reject American pressure to agree to a new Arab state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Among the dozens of demonstrators were Knesset Members Michael Ben-Ari and Uri Ariel (National Union), former Kedumim Mayor Daniella Weiss, Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpe of SOS Israel, and other right-wing and Land of Israel activists.
MK Ariel called upon Netanyahu to resist the pressures from the American president next week, "and fulfill the will of the people. ...Go to Washington, we are not afraid. Stand up and say, in Hebrew and English: the Land of Israel belongs to the People of Israel."
Ariel's colleague, MK Ben-Ari, echoed the call for Netanyahu to be strong and not to "fold like in the Wye Agreement. Don't fold as you did across from [the national labor union boss] Ofer Eini, who belittled you. [The Samaria community of] Yitzhar is national security, it is the anti-ballistic missile against all the nuclear bombs in the world. ...Whosoever relinquishes Yitzhar and other hilltop towns will be bringing Katyusha rockets on Azrieli." The Azrieli Towers are a towering mall and office complex in central Tel Aviv.
Daniella Weiss said the coming Netanyahu-Obama meeting is "fateful". She compared the U.S. President to pre-World War II British leader Neville Chamberlain in his approach to Iran and other Islamist leaders. "[Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad wants to exterminate us, and Obama bows down like Chamberlain to Hitler," Weiss declared.
Regarding Prime Minister Netanyahu, Weiss said that there were hopes he would "start out on the right foot" and unfreeze development in Judea and Samaria, "but for now the result is a continued freeze." She continued, "Our demand is for the entire Land of Israel, continued building in Judea and Samaria, and a return to Gaza."
In an interview with Arutz Sheva-Israel National Radio in Hebrew, Weiss explained that it is unconscionable that Netanyahu has not presented his position before heading off to the U.S. "On the other side, there is a president, a world, that says what they want - they want two states. The Left pressures, by way of the media, for 'two states for two peoples'. And yet, our Prime Minister's policy is unclear."
While Weiss said it is unreasonable to expect one man to withstand pressure from the entire world alone, she added that it is possible to resist the pressure. "We are here, on the one hand, to strengthen Netanyahu, and on the other hand to demand of Netanyahu that he stand up for Jewish honor," she said. "But we'd also like to know what the plan is. The fact that it is unclear sets off red alerts among us."
Future Pro-Land of Israel Actions
The Land of Israel Forum announced after the rally in Jerusalem that it was just the first in a series of actions to emphasize resistance to relinquishing any part of the Land of Israel. "The Israeli public, the Land of Israel loyalists, announced today that we will not hesitate to rise up against any intention to give up and give in to the pressures of the Left. Settlement will continue, the building of Jerusalem will continue, and the building of the land of Israel will continue in every region," the Forum said in a statement.
On Monday May 18, the day Prime Minister Netanyahu is slated to meet President Obama, a pro-Israel demonstration is planned for Lafayette Park, across from the White House. The organizers have called for people to come from across the region "to rally for a proud and undivided Israel. Our presence on this day is to support [Binyamin] Netanyahu as he meets with President Obama, who is pressuring Israel...."
In their planned talking points the American grass-roots activists intend to emphasize that "the terms of the Roadmap have not been met," that "Israel has not and will never be recognized by Hamas or the Palestinian Authority.... It is doubtful that there will ever be a time in the Middle East when Israel's right to exist is accepted," and that "Israel's borders are more vulnerable today than ever before in the last decade."
In announcing the planned rally, the pro-Israel groups involved said, "The support of American Jews hasn't been so vital to the survival of the state of Israel since the very founding of the state...."