Edelstein:
'Form group of ministers working to regulate young communities by government decision'

Talia Sasson's report is worth a newspaper article because it never passed government decision, said Minister Yuli Edelstein tonight.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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Yuli Edelstein
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Senior Likud and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein held a Zoom meeting tonight with hundreds of young community residents in Judea and Samaria.

The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Yesha Council and the Eretz Israel Lobby in the Knesset and the Likud Cohesive Forum.

Shevach Stern said during the meeting “I call on the Prime Minister and Ministers to act in the next two months before the change of U.S. administration to regulate young settlement. We have a window of opportunity that we mustn't miss."

Eliyahu Atia, a representative of the young communities, surveyed the situation and told participants that "this is the most important task of the national camp today. There are 70 settlement points with 20,000 residents that must be arranged to allow a normal life for Israeli citizens, like electricity, communications, security components, education. It's unreasonable and illogical and it must stop. We have an hourglass that is running out.

"We need a government decision with the names of the settlements and regulate them and allow the settlement process to provide services such as electricity and security components."

Minister Yuli Edelstein said in the conversation "The issue of young settlement is familiar to me and I've visited and I've often got headlines about 'what's a symbol of government doing in an illegal settlement?' The road has been long, too, in recent years, and without the pressures and without the same excuse that's always heard 'American pressure', today no longer works. We can't find a way under the table, and I'm not in favor of crooked ways. Decisions and laws can be found today on which to base.

"Talia Sasson's report is worth a newspaper article that never passed a government decision. We should act as early as possible. A group of ministers should be organized and a letter written to the Prime Minister to bring the matter for government approval. First of all security, and of course, electricity and water. There's no reason that in the world you shouldn't be accepted like all citizens.

"We need to think together how to organize a group of ministers and bring the issue to the government table. With the right work, we can act."

Minister Edelstein was asked by Avraham, a resident of Bnei Adam, "We've been on State lands for 14 years. We have 2 children here with special needs and breathing machines. Because there's no proper electricity, it's a matter of danger to life, it's not just a matter of Zionism."

Edelstein replied, "I wish them good health. A series of such cases that are not just an ideological matter but a matter of people's lives and danger to human life, I think it can expand the support among government ministers."

A resident of Asael asked, "We are worried that what will happen to young settlement is what happened to sovereignty. After 40 years of Likud rule, you're going to bring about change?"

Edelstein replied, "Applying sovereignty has not died, and we'll continue to work for applying sovereignty. We must act quickly and we'll take two weeks to find the list of ministers and attend a cabinet meeting."

Edelstein commented on the possible new administration in the U.S. and whether there is a chance to advance moves soon, “I am optimistic. I do not think there will be any difficulties but the issue of settlement in Judea and Samaria will not be the main issue of the administration. It does not mean that they will let us do what we want but I do not think we will return to the state of Clinton."



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