'No nation gives up on its homeland'

In Samaria tour of illegal Arab construction adjacent to Jewish towns, Minister Akunis vows 'a Palestinian state won't be established here.'

Ari Yashar, Yoni Kempinski, | updated: 18:18

Akunis and Dagan in Samaria
Akunis and Dagan in Samaria
Ohad Yehezkeli

Science Minister Ofir Akunis (Likud) was given a tour of Samaria on Tuesday by Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan.

During the tour Dagan showed the minister the scope of the illegal Arab construction adjacent to Jewish towns in the region - construction which in many cases is funded by the EU, and which the Israeli government quietly approved last week by saying the matter is "not a top priority."

Responding to the illegal Arab construction, Akunis declared that "a Palestinian state will not be established here."

"There is no nation that gives up on its homeland - and no nation gives up on its security," emphasized the minister. "If we won't be here, Hamas and (Islamic) Jihad terrorists will sit here."

"I'm happy to see that my consistent position opposing the two-state plan is understood today, also by the international community."

Dagan also spoke about the two-state solution and the ongoing construction freeze in the region, saying, "those who want to prevent a Palestinian state need to help us build. No one is doing us favors. We are the delegates of the majority of the people of Israel who time and again make a clear statement in the elections."

"We know the Prime Minister's heart is in the right place, and he knows that this is the guarantee of Zionism and the security of the state of Israel. We expect the Prime Minister to gather strength against the world and launch a building spree. Building here equals the prevention of a Palestinian state, Zionism, and a solution to the housing crisis," said Dagan.

Akunis last October called on the government to adopt the 2012 Levy Report, which proved the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria is legal according to international law. Aside from Akunis the Yachad - Ha'am Itanu and Otzma Yehudit joint list which just missed out of the last elections had promised to adopt the report.

Despite having been commissioned by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, two consecutive coalition governments headed by him have yet to adopt the Levy Report, leading many to ask why the ostensibly right-wing government is not taking action on the report.

The Levy Report was raised again just last Thursday by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home), who ruled out its adoption as "impossible" at the current time.