Pinchas Wallerstein: 'Applying law and justice in Judea and Samaria is a dream come true'

Pinchas Wallerstein, leader in Judea and Samaria, explains why the Trump plan is good for Israel, and what the alternative might be.

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Pinchas Wallerstein, one of the leaders of Judea and Samaria's settlement movement, on Monday spoke to 103 FM Radio, saying that applying sovereignty to Judea and Samaria is the fulfillment of a dream.

"Applying law and justice is a dream that I never believed would come true in my lifetime," he said. "It's a win-win situation. But it could be that the window of opportunity which will close, and it won't happen."

When asked what's wrong with the current situation, Wallerstein said: "The entire Zionist dream is settlement, and its goal is to reach sovereignty, and sovereignty means applying Israeli law and justice. To decide that Israel's border is the Jordan in an official capacity, with the consensus of most of Israeli society, is an amazing thing that also has practical effects."

Regarding "Deal of the Century" and how it provides for a Palestinian state, Wallerstein said: "After the trauma of the Disengagement from Gush Katif, and after the trauma of the expulsion from the towns in Sinai, applying Israeli law and justice does not allow this area to be given up without a national referendum or a majority of at least 85 Knesset members."

"The alternative is [former Prime Ministers] Ehud Olmert and [Ehud] Barak, who offered 97% of Judea and Samaria, and that the Temple Mount, or watered-down terms, the 'Holy Basin' would be either under international administration or Palestinian sovereignty. Here the Americans who in an unprecedented decision have decided that 32-33% of Judea and Samaria be under Israeli sovereignty, [together with] all of Jerusalem - including the Old City - under Israeli sovereignty."

Regarding the opposition from the right and among Judea and Samaria leaders, Wallerstein said: "It's almost like deja vu. Even to the Sebastia agreement and Kedumim, there was a large public amongst us who opposed that, and after that to the Elon Moreh agreement. Meaning on the idealistic side, saying, 'Let's apply sovereignty to Judea and Samaria, why is it important whether Europe and the US agree or not?' I think that the US decision is so unprecedented and so basic that we cannot give it up."