'Terror is running wild, no solution in sight'

Heads of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria meet Jewish Home leaders, express their pain and frustration over ongoing terror.

Hezki Baruch ,

Jewish Home meeting
Jewish Home meeting
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Heads of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria met Tuesday with Jewish Home Chairman, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, as well as Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel and the party's Knesset Faction Chairman MK Yinon Magal.

The meeting took place after the community leaders sent a letter to Ministers Bennett and Ariel ten days ago, and requested that they act urgently to end the construction freeze in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

The Judea and Samaria residents' representatives described a state of demoralization in the communities, resulting from the freeze on planning and a housing shortage, and the bad security situation.

"You need to understand that the residents of Judea and Samaria feel like fourth-class citizens," one representative said. "The construction and planning freeze stops all natural growth, terror is running wild and the feeling is that no one has a solution."

The ministers expressed identification with the residents' distress and promised to do their best to advance "strategic and meaningful solutions" to solve the problems that were discussed and make life more normal. Bennett, Ariel and Magal said the direct meeting was a good thing and it was decided to hold more meetings like it in the future.

"We are going from words to action," Bennett said after the meeting. "The meeting with the residents was important and helpful, but we will not stop there. I heard the distress of the residents, and the feeling that they are second class citizens while they serve in the top combat units in the reserves and give their best to the state of Israel, and the state does not recognize their communities as Israeli ones.

"I presented my vision for the settlement enterprise, as opposed to the political and diplomatic reality. It is no secret that we are in a government whose head supports establishment of a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria. But our position will prevail."