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Dayan: The Right is Heading for a Second Oslo

Danny Dayan tells Arutz Sheva why he’s backing Netanyahu, and warns that the nationalist camp could repeat mistakes of 20 years ago.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 1/9/2013, 1:49 PM

Danny Dayan, Yesha Council head
Danny Dayan, Yesha Council head
Courtesy of Yesha Council

The nationalist camp’s harsh criticism of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu could lead to a second Oslo, says Danny Dayan, who recently stepped down as head of the Yesha (Judea and Samaria) Council.

“Today I shall recall my sins,” he told Arutz Sheva. “In 1992 I was the secretary of Tehiya [Knesset faction] and together with Geula Cohen and Elyakim Haetzni we brought down [Prime Minister] Shamir over some nonsense.”

Shamir was succeeded by Yitzchak Rabin. “We brought Oslo on ourselves,” Dayan lamented. “We’re likely to make the same mistakes today.”

“The residents’ committees have been publishing movies that compare Netanyahu to Arik Sharon…. I’m afraid of where this will lead us,” he said. “Yes, three houses were destroyed in Migron, I was there and I cried together with the families, but when they say that because of what happened in Migron Tzipi Livni is preferable [to Netanyahu] – that will bring the Left to power.”

Dayan stepped down this week in order to freely express his political opinions in advance of the elections. He believes the right should show its support behind Likud.

“First of all, it’s not clear that Netanyahu will be reelected,” he warned. “I see all the president’s warning signals, I see Diskin’s attempts at a putsch…  I see Left’s attempts to form a large bloc and that still might happen after the elections.”

In addition, he said, the Likud is unlikely to continue to show support for Judea and Samaria if residents of the region vote in Likud primaries but vote for other parties in national elections.

Dayan noted that he spoke out against several of the Likud’s policies over the past four years, including the construction freeze and Netanyahu’s Bar Ilan speech. “But when you look at results, today after four years, this government had a building push both in the settlement blocs and deeper in… Despite the awful Bar Ilan speech, the results show that a Palestinian state looks farther off,” he argued.

“We have to act wisely, and to do everything we can so that Binyamin Netanyahu will continue as Prime Minister,” Dayan concluded.

When asked about his decision to step down as Yesha Council leader, Dayan said he is satisfied with the work he did. “I went into office with 260,000 Jews in Judea and Samaria, and I’m giving back the keys with 360,000,” he said.

“I hope the next chairman will be a young person,” he said. “We need younger leadership in Judea and Samaria.”