1,000 Likud activists: 'Don't adopt Deal of the Century as is'

Likud Tzion vYerushalayim Forum with about 1,000 activists affiliated with settlement appeals to Netanyahu: Sovereignty in Jordan Valley.

Mordechai Sones ,

Likud activist heads
Likud activist heads

The founders of the Tzion vYerushalayim Forum - a group of Likud activists numbering 1,000 affiliated with the settlement movement - sent a letter to the Prime Minister last night urging him not to bring dozens of communities into isolation and detachment by applying sovereignty according to the Deal of the Century.

"Do not allow a situation where thousands of families in dozens of communities find themselves in the depths of hostile territory in the heart of an enemy state just like the communities of Gush Katif," the activists noted in their letter.

Attorney Doron Nir Zvi and Attorney Avichai Bouaron, who chair the forum, added: "We all know what the life expectancy of isolated communities in the heart of hostile territory is, and we all remember how the Gush Katif saga ended. But this time they aren't a few settlements, but dozens of settlements, some of them large and old: Tekoa, Nokdim, Maale Amos, Carmi Tzur, Telem, Adora, Beit Hagai, Pnei Hever, Teneh, Shima, Sansana, Eshkol , Vered Yericho, Michmash, Almon, Psagot, Beit El, Ofra, Kochav Hashachar, Rimonim, Ateret, Halamish, Nachaliel, Dolev, Talmon, Eli, Migdalim, Itamar, Yitzhar, Har Bracha, Elon Moreh, Hinanait, Dotan, Hermesh, Sal'it, Avnei Hefetz and more and more.

"We'd hoped with all our hearts that the Trump program would bear good news for growth of the Jewish community in Judea and Samaria. Our hopes have been let down because the current plan contains for us no peace, growth, or prosperity but rather decline, eviction, and withering," the two pleaded.

In the letter the activists point out that if a reservation is inserted into the program for the purpose of preserving the ability to advance settlement in the years to come, "in that case we can support the plan and give it backing. The activist's reservations are: Palestinian Arab built-up areas will remain in the Palestinian Authority. Israeli built-up areas will remain in Israeli territorial contiguity. Disputed open area will be frozen for the next few years, excluding the area around the communities; there will be no isolated Jewish settlements and no enclaves; a territorial continuum will be created between all Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. There will be a significant security and development area around the Israeli communities that will be used for both security and natural development purposes; All routes where Israelis travel will remain under Israeli sovereignty and management. There will be a significant security zone around the roads to prevent firing at Israeli vehicles; Israel will build massively in the territories to which sovereignty will apply; Israel will not consent to any forum for establishing a Palestinian state.

At the end of their letter, the activists point out that 29.7 percent of Judea and Samaria voters voted in the last election for the Likud: "This is an unprecedented achievement that was due in part to hard work by the signatories of this letter," the activists say, "if your Likud government implements the Trump program as it is, it will mean a severe crisis between Yishuv residents and the Likud, a crisis such as we experienced after the disengagement carried out by Ariel Sharon. This crisis of confidence in the Likud cannot be repaired - do not follow Sharon's practice of ignoring settlers' pleadings and warnings."

"In conclusion," group members write, "as Likud members, as residents of Judea and Samaria, and those who worked tirelessly for your election, we demand you to refrain from adopting the Plan of the Century under its current conditions unless these conditions are improved as specified.

"Accordingly, we urge you to apply sovereignty to the Jordan Valley only, fully and immediately, relying on the Israeli consensus on the issue."