Hotovely: Drafting of sovereignty map is ongoing

Settlement Affairs Minister Tzipi Hotovely meets Samaria Regional Council chairman to discuss process of applying sovereignty.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Hotovely and Dagan
Hotovely and Dagan

Settlement Affairs Minister Tzipi Hotovely held a working tour in Samaria Sunday morning and met with Samaria Regional Council chairman Yossi Dagan to discuss the implementation of Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.

Dagan presented to the Minister the map of sovereignty and the concerns over the creation of dangerous "enclaves" of Israeli communities.

"It is not possible to have isolated communities on the map," Dagan said. "An absolute majority of the Likud faction believes that sovereignty must be applied without recognizing a terrorist state in the heart of the country and without abandoning isolated communities."

Minister Hotovely said that "the Settlement Ministry was established at a historic crossroads. We have an opportunity to apply sovereignty to all the communities in Judea and Samaria, and our job is to ensure that the process strengthens all the communities, without distinguishing between the communities which are isolated and those which are not."

"We are attentive to the heads of the localities," said Hotovely. "The drawing of the maps is still in the process of being worked on and we will work to achieve the result that will strengthen settlement throughout the country."

The head of the Samaria Regional Council strengthened her remarks, saying: "I am very concerned. We are at a crossroads that can bring about a historic result of applying sovereignty and may also lead to the establishment of a terrorist state in the heart of the country. All the communities in Judea and Samaria are one piece. There's is no Type A and Type B. There are no blocs and isolated [communities], this is an immediate security threat to tens of thousands of civilians."

Dagan emphasized to Hotovely: "We saw what happened in Netzarim in Gush Katif and there is a clear danger here that communities will be displaced in a few years. That is why we will stand strong on this issue. Thank you for your partnership. We do not have to agree to all the Prime Minister's plans. I am not willing to give up an inch, but with all the plans the Prime Minister is doing, there is no way we are avoiding the ability to reach a million residents here, no way that we will reach a situation with isolated communities."