'Not as a candy to sweeten the poison pill of Palestinian state'

MK: 'Netanyahu may say yes to plan and next administration will come set up Palestinian terror state. We must in no way agree to this.'

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Smotrich at protest tent
Smotrich at protest tent
Arutz Sheva

The three-day sovereignty vigil in front of the Prime Minister’s office continues to draw interest. Different personalities attended today, including the brother-in-law of the Prime Minister, Dr. Hagai Ben Artzi and Knesset Members.

Dr. Ben-Artzi spoke on the geographical aspect of Judea Samaria and the Jordan Valley, an aspect that led Yigal Alon and Israel Galilei to design the Alon program with an understanding of the importance of the
area and its security implications. As such these areas remain forever in the hands of Israel.

Ben Artzi called on his brother-in-law the Prime Minister to apply sovereignty over the Jordan Valley, independently of the Trump plan and thus win sweeping support from the Israeli society. We need "Sovereignty without the Trump Plan, as a way to determine the eastern border of Israel, with an Israeli consensus and without raising any demographic problem," referring to the fact that there are very few Arabs in the Jordan Valley.

Former Justice Minister Yamina MK Ayelet Shaked referred to the sovereignty dream led by the heads of the sovereignty movement, Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar. "I hope the dream will come true, and that it will not turn into a nightmare. We must know that there is a great historical opportunity and, on the other hand, a danger. We must make sure we apply sovereignty but do not pay in the dangerous currency of establishing a Palestinian state."

Former Minister Betzalel Smotrich also spoke in the sovereignty tent, declaring: "We want to apply unilateral sovereignty and not some candy that sweetens a bitter and dangerous pill of the partition of
the country.

Smotrich stated that the work on the ground is a reality and mentioned that even applying the sovereignty on the Golan Heights did not prevent the late Rabin and Netanyahu from negotiating its hand over to
the Syrians. "If that sovereignty comes as part of a parcel deal and harms the ability to continue to establish facts on the ground and deepen our hold, it is bad. Only if the sovereignty supports the settlement efforts and the pioneers who hold the land, will it be possible to establish more communities, increase existing settlements, that is good sovereignty. "It is to expand and continue the grip and settlement in Judea and Samaria. That is what will destroy the Arab hope of winning Israel and that is what will bring peace of security and coexistence, and not G-d forbid the Arab ambition to establish a terror state at the heart of Israel."

Knesset Member Matan Kahane from Yamina warned in his speech: "Right now if you come into this program like Netanyahu is talking about, it is a path that will surely lead us to a Palestinian state. Netanyahu may say yes to the plan and the next administration will come and give the Palestinians what they are supposed to do and set up a Palestinian terror state. We must in no way agree to this."

Knesset Member Ophir Sofer of Yamina made it clear that the long-standing aspiration for sovereignty is also not misleading and not confusing. "we are being sold Oslo over again and they define it sovereignty. Shall we take it? No! We won't take it!"

The Sovereignty Tent was established by the Sovereign Movement in conjunction with members of the Sovereign Youth Movement. The heads of the Sovereignty movement, Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar, are pleased with the response of the participating public and presence in the tent. "The tent is not a protest tent. It is a strengthening tent for the Prime Minister to stand firm in the Israeli interest against a sympathetic government, like he did in the past when he stood firmly against a hostile (Obama) government.

"The Trump Plan sees Israel and the Palestinians as equal sides in a mutual conflict. This concept is fundamentally distorted. Israel, who has exclusive rights to the Land of Israel, is attacked by terror and
bloodshed by the Arabs and is then being asked to give away large parts of her homeland to the attacker? Morality, justice, and history require Israeli sovereignty on the Land of Israel. The additional traps in the Trump plan are dividing Jerusalem, drying up communities by turning them into enclaves, the security dangers and more are the origins of this significant failure," commented Katsover and Matar.