Livni: Maale Adumim is held hostage by Amona

Herzog and Livni visit Maale Adumim. Livni: 'We need to set priorities: Blocs - yes, isolated settlements - no.'

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Head of the opposition Isaac Herzog arrived this morning with Hatnuah party head Tzipi Livni and other MKs of the Zionist Union for a visit to the city of Maale Adumim as part of the “Day in the community” project, within whose framework faction members hold day-trips to communities around the country.

During the visit, Herzog talked about the status of Maale Adumim, which was established during Yitzhak Rabin’s first period as Prime Minister.

“We have come to Maale Adumim this morning, the leadership of the Zionist Union, for a visit. This is a city that was established by Yitzhak Rabin’s first government.”

“A month before his murder, Rabin committed at the Knesset that, in any political settlement, Maale Adumim would be under Israeli sovereignty, as part of the settlement on Jerusalem, which would remain a united city,” he said.

Herzog related to the upcoming visit of US President Donald Trump and said, “We believe in a political settlement, believe in the notion of the settlement blocs with a territorial exchange, we believe in separating from the Palestinians and we believe that there is a big opportunity with the visit of President Trump. We wish President Trump a lot of luck during his visit and hope that his visit really will break the stalemate and will bring good news for us and the Palestinians, and that we will be able to advance to a real settlement that will allow two nations to live side by side in peace.”

MK Tzipi Livni said this morning, “Maale Adumim is part of the blocs that will remain in the state of Israel - I have acted towards this end in all my years [of service] and in every negotiation. But in order for this to indeed happen, we need to establish priorities and make correct decisions: Blocs ‘yes,’ isolated settlements ‘no.’”

According to Livni, “Today, Maale Adumim is being held hostage by Amona. We can look to the 40 thousand residents of Maale Adumim and tell them confidently that we will make sure that you will be part of the state of Israel.”