Likud warns Netanyahu to stop talks with Herzog

Senior Likud members from Judea and Samaria demand PM stop unity talks, warning Herzog as FM will create a Palestinian state.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
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Likud members from Judea and Samaria issued a joint letter on Wednesday morning, demanding that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu desist in his talks with the leftist Zionist Union party that aim to bring it into a unity government.

Those talks currently are said to be hung up on Opposition head MK Yitzhak Herzog's demand to unilaterally divide Jerusalem and to be allowed to personally launch peace talks.

In the open letter, the senior Likud activists wrote that "Herzog demands from the Likud government ideological concessions and harm to the policy of strengthening the settlements."

"As Foreign Minister, Herzog will try to advance his foolish plan to evacuate towns and establish a Palestinian state - something that is completely unacceptable to us," they warned.

The Likud members called on Netanyahu to immediately cease the negotiations with Zionist Union.

"Citizens of Israel gave Netanyahu and Likud the mandate to lead Israel and to implement the policy that was presented to them before the elections - a strengthening of the settlements, guarding the security as well as economic and social prosperity."

Signatories to the letter included: Jordan Valley regional council head David Elhayani, Gush Etzion regional council head Davidi Perl, Har Hevron regional council head Yohai Damari, Likud Youth chairperson David Shayan, Likud Kiryat Arba branch chairperson Eliezer Rudrig, Likud national headquarters heads Shevah Stern and Natan Engelsman, World Beitar Movement director Neriya Meir, Likud Samaria branch chairperson Ya'akov Vinberger, Likud Elkana branch chairperson Oz Altar and more.