Efrat mayor: Congress wants to know Jerusalem's policy

Exclusive Arutz Sheva interview with Oded Revivi covers new administration, why Yesha Council sent representatives to inauguration.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Oded Revivi
Oded Revivi
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Arutz Sheva met Efrat Mayor and Yesha Council Chief Foreign Envoy Oded Revivi in Washington.

"The reason that the Yesha Council decided to send a delegation to Washington for this special event derives from two main reasons," Revivi told Arutz Sheva. "Reason number one was the fact that by receiving an invitation we actually understood that we're getting the right attention that we didn't get in the past. The fact that we are acknowledged, the fact that we're representing half a million people living in Judea and Samaria, and in that respect, it was important to show that we understand, that we accept this invitation.

"And the other reason is basically the fact that we understand that if we got an invitation its an indication that we're taken into account and we can't say no to such an invitation.

"The people that we've been meeting here for the last forty-eight hours are convinced that the new administration is going to be much more supportive, much more understanding, and there's a great hope that the relationship will be better. But the fact is that they come to us time after time saying, we want to know what the Israeli prime minister is planning, what's he willing to do, what's he willing to take as a policy...

"The Congressmen we've met are all extremely happy with the change that's happened...and they're asking us to pass on a message to Jerusalem: Please let us know what is the policy that you're going to hold now, that there are no restrictions, there's no more excuse of 'not one more brick' - that excuse has flown away to California for the holiday, I hope they'll build their future over there and let us carry on building in Judea and Samaria as we intended," Revivi concluded.