During Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s tour of Maale Shomron Wednesday, ahead of the cabinet meeting tonight on the plan to build 14,000 housing units in Qalqiliya, he encountered some tough questions from young terror victim Ayala Shapira.
In 2014, when she was just 11, Ayala was on her way home in her father's car from a math club for intellectually gifted children, when a Molotov cocktail hit the car near Maale Shomron. Though her life was spared, she suffered severe burns to her body, and to this day has to wear a burn mask due to her skin’s sensitivity to sunlight.
“Why do residents need to work so hard to get permission to build a house, when you allow our enemies to build thousands of houses?” she asked Liberman.
When Liberman responded that he “[didn’t] remember building momentum like this in Judea and Samaria,” Ayala honed her question further.
“Why do we get permission only after someone gets injured [in a terror attack]? On the other hand, we give them land and get terrorism in return.”
Liberman praised Ayala for her courage and recent speech at the European Parliament, and said that, although there won’t be a situation in which there are no terror attacks in Judea and Samaria, there are now “almost none.”
“I think this program [for Qalqiliya] contributes to security. It’s not a prize for terrorists, it’s the opposite. To give an incentive to those places that are quiet. We need to give incentive to quiet places, and make it hard for the places which produce terrorists,” he said.