Knesset Members from the National Union party recently toured neighborhoods in northern Jerusalem. During the tour, which was led by Aryeh King, chairman of the National Lands Fund, the MKs were shown how the Arab residents of east Jerusalem are trying to forcefully expand into west Jerusalem’s neighborhoods.
King explained to the MKs that despite the area being under full Israeli control, Jewish Israeli citizens are often not allowed to drive on the local roads, while Arab Israeli citizens are allowed to do so.
He also noted that the Palestinian Authority, with help from the American USAID, is building a road in Israeli territory that would end in the neighborhood of Qalandia, located within Jerusalem.
“We came here to see, under the guidance of Aryeh King, the reality here,” said MK Uri Ariel. “The reality here is that the one thing that perhaps every Israeli can identify with is being hurt: the sovereignty of the State of Israel. We speak of a united Jerusalem, the Prime Minister is giving speeches, and at the same time we’re standing here and it’s happening right before our eyes. It’s the middle of the day, and we’re standing underneath a Palestinian Authority sign inside Jerusalem. It’s simply an outrage.”
Ariel promised that his party will take action over the issue. “We’re going to take care of this using our own methods in the Knesset, with the police, with the Attorney General, and we’ll try to change this.”
“Netanyahu seems to be dividing Jerusalem in practice,” MK Michael Ben-Ari said during the tour. “The State of Israel has lost all signs of its sovereignty.”
MK Aryeh Eldad said, “This shows us that the Israeli police and the authorities have abandoned an Israeli area and are allowing Hamas and the PA policemen to do as they wish. Only idiots can think that if they abandon northern Jerusalem, they won’t have to fight tomorrow for Jaffa street or the President’s Residence.”
Two reporters – including one from Arutz Sheva – were injured by rock-throwing Arabs while accompanying the MKs' tour.