Efrat Mayor: 'Trump is the best friend the settlements have had in the White House'

Settlement leaders meet with Netanyahu, express support for sovereignty plan and President Trump. 'We achieved things we never dreamed of.'

David Rosenberg ,

Trump and Netanyahu appear at press conference January 28th, 2020
Trump and Netanyahu appear at press conference January 28th, 2020

A group of settlement leaders met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Sunday evening to discuss the upcoming sovereignty plan, and President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan.

Eleven mayors representing Israeli towns and cities across Judea and Samaria took part in the meeting, and expressed their support for the Prime Minister’s plan to apply Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and all Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria in coordination with the Trump administration.

The sovereignty plan, which is expected to be introduced to the government sometime after July 1st, is being drawn up by a joint Israeli-American mapping team, which is setting the boundaries for the application of Israeli sovereignty.

The meeting included Nir Bartel - Mayor of Oranit, Shai Rosenzweig - Mayor of Alfei Menashe, Eli Shaviro - Mayor of Ariel, Assaf Mintzer - Mayor of Elkana, Haim Mendel Shaked - Mayor of Har Adar, Aryeh Cohen - Mayor of Megillot, Yossi Avrahami - Mayor of Givat Ze'ev, Oded Revivi - Mayor of Efrat, Yigal Lahav - Mayor of Karnei Shomron, Eliyahu Gaffney - Mayor of Emanuel, and Yaakov Asher Guterman, Mayor of Modi'in Illit.

Shortly after the meeting, Efrat Mayor Oded Revivi lauded both President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu, calling them friends of “the settlements”.

"The Prime Minister is a friend of the settlements,” said Mayor Revivi.

“In a series of steps, the President of the United States, the leader of the most friendly administration towards Israel and the settlements, has achieved things we could never have dreamed of.”

Revivi added, “We have enough enemies surrounding us, we do not need to create controversy between us. During this time we all must align with the Prime Minister.”

The meeting comes days after other settlement leaders, critics of the sovereignty plan and the US peace proposal, met with Netanyahu.

David Elhayani, the chief of the Yesha Council, which represents all Israelis living in Judea and Samaria, slammed President Trump over the peace plan, saying it would force Israel to give up large sections of Area C, which is currently administered by Israel, and agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state in most of Judea and Samaria.

Other right-wing critics of the Trump plan, including the Yamina party, have hit Netanyahu recently over the details of his sovereignty plan.