Daily Israel Report

Shomron Council Calls for Netanyahu's Ouster

The Shomron Resident's Committee is calling on the Likud to elect a new party leader - one with true nationalist values.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 11/3/2011, 9:28 PM

Benny Katzover
Benny Katzover
Flash 90

The Shomron (Samaria) Residents Committee says Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu can – and should – be replaced.

In a letter sent Thursday to Samaria residents the committee said, "Bibi is replaceable. And he’s just one man. Likud has good leaders with nationalist values like Moshe Ya'alon, Silvan Shalom, Benny Begin, and others, who would love to replace him and deserve the chance. Netanyahu denies his own party’s principles. He spits in the cup he drinks from and spits on us.”

The letter also said Netanyahu’s government had damaged the settlement enterprise – and that it intended to continue damaging it by demolishing dozens of houses under the color of law.

"Netanyahu is hiding behind the rule of law and declares any house built on land that is not state land will be destroyed,” it reads. “Netanyahu knows full well a courageous decision on his part could change the conduct of the State Attorney's Office and fix many problems, but he'd rather be a sub-contractor for Peace Now than fulfill his pre-election promises that he would not evacuate even a single settlement."

In addition to the letter the Shomron Residents’ Committee has hung ads outlining of Peace Now’s intention to distribute maps defining ‘private areas’ on its own terms for use in court cases – targeting areas like Givat Assaf and the Ulpanah neighborhood in Beit El.

The goal, the committee says, is to fit entire neighborhoods built on private property in larger communities into a recent ruling by Israel’s High Court under chief justice Dorit Benisch that defines all land not owned by the state in Judea and Samaria as ‘private Arab land’ – irrespective of whether there is documentation to that effect. The court has also refused to review cases where evidence of private Jewish ownership exists.

Committee chairman Benny Katzover also said he was unimpressed with the Netanyahu government’s recent approval of 2000 new housing units in eastern Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, and Maale Adumim.

“We want to alert the region to these plans,” Katzover said. “And to say that the PA’s nerve [to make a unilateral statehood bid at the UN –Ed.] should have led the government to annul the Oslo Accords and move full steam ahead with settlement construction.”

“Instead, the government settled for a minor, cowardly response that does nothing to strengthen Israel – and only weakens it. Netanyahu is causing more harm than good and must know the residents of Samaria are not in his pocket,” Katzover added.