'Israeli sovereignty to the Tigris and Euphrates'

Jewish Home MK protests government and slams Herzog for his 'policy of withdrawal,' calls for annexation of Judea-Samaria.

Eliran Aharon,

Betzalel Smotrich
Betzalel Smotrich
Eliran Aharon

During a protest march in Judea Tuesday calling on the government to keep Palestinian traffic off the roads as a deterrent step, MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) spoke to Arutz Sheva and condemned Opposition head MK Yitzhak Herzog (Zionist Union).

Smotrich, a member of the coalition government, criticized Herzog for his comments made during a tour of the area around eastern Jerusalem on Monday, in which he said Israel must "separate" from Palestinian villages in the area in a unilateral withdrawal leading to the creation of a Palestinian state - or else "lose Jerusalem."

"MK 'Buji' Herzog's statements are nothing new, he's continuing the policy of a withdrawal from the homeland," said Smotrich.

"But Israel lives, we won't give a prize to terror, we will implement sovereignty in Jerusalem and Samaria," the MK promised.

In a reference to the Biblical boundaries of Israel, he added, "you know my opinions, we have much greater aspirations, to the Tigris and the Euphrates Rivers."

Smotrich has previously called to annex Judea and Samaria and pay Arab residents to emigrate. His ability to deliver on his promises was thrown into question in late January, however, when he broke a promise not to vote with the coalition until Jews were returned to their newly purchased homes in Hevron. The residents have yet to be allowed back in their homes.

It also remains to be seen whether his Jewish Home party would be willing to press for his annexation plans of the entire region, particularly given recent statements by Jewish Home's Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked who ruled out adopting the 2012 Levy Report that defines Israel's presence in Judea and Samaria as legal.




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