Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Tuesday visited the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council, where he said that the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria was crucial to Israel’s security.
"I have been closely following the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria in general and in the Binyamin region in particular, and I am happy to see the development. We are doing many things to promote the settlement enterprise,” he said, adding, “There is no security without the settlement enterprise. Where there is no settlement enterprise, there is no security.”
Ya’alon praised the local leaders for “taking social and national tasks upon themselves. I am happy to see the leadership in the Binyamin region taking responsibility and being involved in educational and social activities."
Avi Ro’eh, head of the Binyamin Region Local Council, thanked Ya’alon for his visit and his words.
“We welcome the opportunity to host the Minister of Defense. Many challenges stand in the face of the settlement enterprise, and the Ministry of Defense has been working in close partnership with us over the years. We are hopeful that we will continue to work together to promote the settlement enterprise,” he said.