Daily Israel Report

Ariel: No Jew Will be Uprooted from Judea and Samaria

Housing Minister responds to Netanyahu's comments that not all communities in Judea and Samaria will be part of Israel in a peace agreement.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 3/10/2014, 4:44 AM

Housing Minister Uri Ariel in Itamar
Housing Minister Uri Ariel in Itamar
Yoni Kempinski

Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) declared on Sunday that no communities in Judea and Samaria will be evicted.

The remarks come on the heels of comments by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who declared in an interview on Friday that not all the communities in Judea and Samaria will be part of Israel in a peace agreement, but that he will do his utmost to ensure that as many as possible do remain under Israeli control.

Speaking at a memorial service in Itamar for the five members of the Fogel family who were brutally murdered by terrorists, Ariel said, “Not one Jewish community from Judea and Samaria will be uprooted.”

The expansion of the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria cannot be stopped, he declared, “and anyone who doesn’t understand this should come to Itamar. Are there are more students? Yes. Are there are more families? Yes. Is Itamar making progress? Yes.”

Minister Ariel stressed that Israeli citizens will live only under full Israeli sovereignty and added, “West of the Jordan to the sea there will be only one state and that is the State of Israel."

Speaking at the same memorial service, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett also declared that despite what Netanyahu said, all Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria would remain under Israeli sovereignty.

Bennett said that “the whole Land of Israel is a single bloc. There are those who say we can build inside the settlement blocs, and others who say we may not be able to hold onto the towns outside the blocs. I have come to tell you what the Arabs already know – that the Land of Israel is one bloc.”

Bennett said that “even during a period where things are sometimes unclear – but this is very clear – I want to promise that there is no confusion here. The Land of Israel goes with the Torah of Israel under the sovereignty of the State of Israel. This is the time to act. We must continue building in all corners of the Land of Israel, with determination and without being confused. We are building and we will not stop.”