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Yesha Council Chair: Situation of Settlements is Great

Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan explains why he has asked the body's plenum to vote on its confidence in his leadership.
By Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 6/19/2012, 3:13 AM

Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan explained on Monday why he has asked the body's plenum to convene and vote on its confidence in his leadership.

“I think it’s about time that we make a decision which way we prefer – the way of convincing or the way of using a club on the head,” Dayan told Arutz Sheva, referring to his moderate line which some have expressed growing displeasure with, in the face of the state's preparations for demolishing 30 homes in the Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El.

“That’s why I asked for a personal confidence vote that represents the two ways,” he added. “If the majority wants my way, I will keep going as Chairman of the Yesha Council. If the majority prefers the other way, it’s perfectly okay with me to elect a different leader who can lead the Council that way.”

Dayan emphasized that despite the planned demolition of 30 homes in the Ulpana neighborhood, the situation of the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron) is very good. This, he explained, is the reason that he believes that his more moderate position is the right way to go.

“The settlement today is so strong, so firm, so solid on the ground, that we can afford to make some so-called ‘accommodations’ to go one step backwards, in order to move two steps forward,” said Dayan, adding, “If we did it in Elon Moreh back in the 1970s when we were really weak and just starting our endeavor, then for sure we can do it today when there are 360,000 Jews in Judea and Samaria.”

He added, “I have never been so optimistic as I am today [about the settlement enterprise]. We have very serious hardships like the Ulpana and Migron. I do not underestimate the graveness of those hardships, but looking at the broader picture, we are winning.”

The next goal, according to Dayan, “should be very clearly to apply Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.”