Yossi Dagan
Yossi Dagan Yoni Kempinski

Head of the Samaria Council Yossi Dagan turned to a number of cabinet ministers with a request that they bring to a revote the decision to allow Palestinian Arab building in Area C, which is under Israeli military and civilian control.

He asserted that the decision had been made without prior deliberations in the government or the Knesset, and that the decision implies the relinquishing of territory.

“This was a cabinet decision, which was made secretly with minimal deliberations, about giving at least a whole percentage of Area C. Not officially, but practically speaking, it effectively relinquishes our building rights. It’s giving away land in disguise. [The sort of thing] left-wing governments would do blatantly,” he said.

He added, “I say to the government that, if you think this is right, make a big ceremony in Washington on the lawn of the White House. But to go and do it secretly, when the ministers don’t know in advance about the decision, is something serious, and I call on the government, the Prime Minister, the cabinet ministers, to be forthright with the public and with us, your constituents, and make a revision.”

“Vote again on this matter.”