Yossi Dagan calls on American Evangelicals to press White House on sovereignty plan

Samaria Regional Council chief urges Evangelical Christians to lobby on behalf of expanded sovereignty plan.

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Dagan (left) meets with Evangelical leaders
Dagan (left) meets with Evangelical leaders
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A senior settlement leader is reaching out to Evangelical Christians in the US, urging them to lobby the White House to back an expanded version of the sovereignty plan being drawn up by the Israeli government in coordination with the US.

Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council, spoke with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), lauding President Donald Trump, while also emphasizing his disagreement with parts of the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan, which endorses the establishment of a Palestinian state covering some 70% of Judea and Samaria.

“While Trump is the best president ever for Israel, the Jewish State can’t go against the command of God,” said Dagan, regarding the provision in the Trump peace plan for an Israeli withdrawal from much of Judea and Samaria if a final status agreement is reached with the Palestinian Authority.

“The Land of Israel is a gift from the Holy One, blessed be He, to the people of Israel but this is not just a gift,” Dagan told CBN News.

“It’s not just a promise of prophecy and the prophets it’s also a command. We have no right to relinquish one centimeter of the Land of Israel. No one has the right to demand that we give up one centimeter,” Dagan said.

Dagan added that if the sovereignty plan, under which Israel would apply sovereignty to some 30% of Judea and Samaria, is just a start, and more talks would follow, then the move is good for Israel.

“But it’s certainly forbidden to put a building freeze on the sites in the Bible - on Mt. Gerizim, the Har Bracha, Elon Moreh, Hebron, Shiloh, the most important places to the Jewish people (and) to say ‘don’t build’ so that more Jewish people won’t come to live here,” Dagan continued, referencing the Trump peace plan’s inclusion of 15 Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria under Israeli sovereignty – but as isolated enclaves. “We certainly don’t want this situation.”

“The people of Israel voted in Prime Minister Netanyahu in order to move the settlement movement forward and apply sovereignty. Trump is a president who loves Israel and he’s good for the State of Israel, but we need your help to encourage him to back sovereignty and not to hurt the settlements and the building up of Judea and Samaria.”