Ya'alon: Eli, Har Bracha Essential to Security

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Sunday visited towns in Judea and Samaria, praising residents and expounding on their importance.

Yaakov Levi,

Moshe Ya'alon at Har Bracha
Moshe Ya'alon at Har Bracha
Defense Ministry

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Sunday visited towns in Judea and Samaria, including Har Bracha, Eli, and Beit El. He met with residents and spoke with community leaders, while sampling the Sukkot hospitality of families in the towns.

Among those Ya'alon visited were Yoni Yisraeli, chairman of the Har Bracha local secretary and a Likud activist, Koby Eliraz, chairman of the Har Bracha council, and Har Bracha local authority head Shai Alon.

Ya'alon spoke to the three about the future of Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria, emphasizing the importance of strengthening settlement in all of Judea and Samaria. “We are doing everything we can to accomplish this. You don't have to convince me on this issue,” Ya'alon said. “Without Jews living in Judea and Samaria, there can be no security. And I mean every word of that; security begins with the houses we build and the fields we plant.”

On his visit to Eli, Ya'lon stressed the same theme. “I have visited Eli many times over the years, meeting students in the pre-military academy. I am always amazed at the bravery and determination of the residents. I am happy to see how the town has developed and grown. This is a subject close to my heart,” he added.

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