1,000 Spend Sabbath at Site Near Jerusalem, Demand Construction
About 1,000 people spent the Sabbath at the E1 site near Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim, where Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has promised to build a new neighborhood. The event is meant to exert pressure for construction of the neighborhood to begin.
On Saturday evening, public officials and Knesset Members began visiting the site. They included Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon, Deputy Religions Minister Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan, the Head of the Shomron Regional Council, Gershon Mesika; the Rabbi of Ramat Gan, Rabbi Yaakov Ariel; the Rabbi of Kiryat Arba, Rabbi Dov Lior and MKs Shuli Moalem (Bayit Yehudi) and Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud).
Veteran Gush Emunim leader Daniela Weiss was there, as was 80-year-old Rabbi Moshe Levinger, and his son, Kiryat Arba Mayor Malachi Levinger.
"Slowly but surely, the plan for two states for two nations is falling apart,” MK Moalem said. “We must continue to build throughout the Land of Israel.”
MK Danon called on the prime minister to fulfill his promise to build at E1. MK Hanegbi said that building the neighborhood would create territorial contiguity between Maaleh Edumim, Judea and Samaria, and Jerusalem.
MK Ben Dahan said that the prime minister must not fear to build in the region, just as he did not fear building at Har Homa, despite international condemnations and threats. “We must not give in to threats,” he said.
The plan for construction at E1 was approved in November as a reaction to the Palestinian Authority's successful bid for recognition as an observer state at the United Nations.