Daily Israel Report

Minister: PM Opposes 'Bushehr-Yitzhar' Linkage

Min. Erdan says PM “completely opposes” linkage between Iranian nuclear program and territorial concessions to the Palestinian Authority.
By Eliran Aharon, Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 10/2/2013, 7:13 PM

Minister Gilad Erdan, who accompanied Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on his trip to the US, told Arutz Sheva in an exclusive interview Tuesday that he sees no danger that Israel will be forced to make territorial concessions in Judea and Samaria in return for US action against the Iranian threat.

The idea of this linkage has been dubbed “Yitzhar for Bushehr” - Yitzhar being a community in Samaria, and Bushehr an Iranian nuclear plant. The concern among nationalists in Israel was that the US would force Israel to evict residents from Yitzhar and other communities in Samaria that are considered relatively “isolated,” in exchange for tough US action to remove the Iranian nuclear threat.

As for Netanyahu's UN speech, Erdan said that he found it “stirring.”

"I was very moved to hear the Prime Minister, without any fear, making clear to the entire world, even if Israel has to be the only one, the last one left to deal with the Iranian threat and with preventing Iran from reaching nuclear abilities, we will do it, without fear and without being afraid of anyone,” he declared.