Daily Israel Report

Deputy Speaker: We Must Turn Efrat Into a City

MK Ofir Akunis visited the Gush Etzion community of Efrat, where he said Israel must continue to build.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 1/17/2012, 9:12 PM

Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Ofir Akunis on Tuesday said it was essential Israel build in the Gush Etzion community of Efrat.

"We must continue to build in Efrat, and not only a few dozen units. The time has come for Efrat be a city in Israel," Akunis said.

Akunis toured educational institutions in Efrat with Mayor Oded Revivi. Akunis also toured Efrat's community security center, and was surprised to discover that there is no security fence around the community.

"The lack of a security fence just shows the greatness of the security enterprise in the community," Akunis said.

Afterward Akunis received an explanation about the absence of a fence, rooted in an inability to get permits, and the nature of the local landscape.

"This is a quality community and it should continue to develop," he said, vowing to work to have Efrat turned into a city. "If the Samarian mountains have the city of Ariel, then the Judean mountains should have the city of Efrat."

"Be assured," he promised Revivi, "I'll do anything to help the plant construction in Efrat."

Akunis has gone on record saying he is opposed to relinquishing the 'disputed territories' and supports settlement activity in all of Israel.

We must build making "no distinction between the Golan, the Galil, the Negev or Yehuda and Shomron," he said during Israel's 2009 elections.

Akunis' visit comes as Likud prepares for party primaries.