The Yesha Council, meeting in emergency session last night, has called on the Israeli government to take preemptive measures given the re-conciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas.

The Council believes that such behavior by the Palestinians absolves Israel from obligations that were injurious to Israel from the very outset. "We refer, first and foremost, to Israel's readiness to establish a Palestinian state in the land of Israel," the Council said.

The Council added "Given the situation that has been created, the State of Israel should promote a measure to apply Israeli sovereignty to Judea and Samaria, and at the very least, at this stage, to all Israeli communities and open areas."

Jewish community leaders believe that the reconciliation agreement presages a new upsurge of Arab violence in which Jewish communities will be targeted. 

The Yesha Council is an informal but influential forum of local government heads in Judea and Samaria.