Avi Gabbay
Avi GabbayAvi Dishi/ Flash 90

Chairman of the Zionist Union, Avi Gabbay, criticized last night the official state jubilee event marking the Jewish return to Judea and Samaria.

“The ceremony that was organized today in Judea and Samaria was sloppy - and that’s how things are organized here, in a sloppy way,” Gabbay asserted.

“A week before the ceremony they remembered to invite MKs, even though the event had been set far in advance. If this is a state ceremony, the chairman of the opposition doesn’t need to speak?”

Gabbay also asserted that his supporters do not agree with the image of Judea and Samaria communities presented at the ceremony. “We certainly do not agree with everything that was said there, Gush Etzion and Itamar are not the same thing for us. Therefore, we didn’t go.”

He added that “The ceremony cost us 10 million shekels. In contrast, the Yom Kippur ceremonies supposed to take place this week across Israel have no budget. Neither do the disabled. But 10 million for a ceremony that is all cheap populism - that, we do have. We will treat your money seriously.”

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