In a special letter to the residents and supporters of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, outgoing Chairman of the Yesha Council Avi Roeh laid out the goals he set for himself upon taking office, and the challenges that lie ahead for Judea and Samaria communities.
"The main goal I set for myself was to connect the heads of the authorities in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley to the council table and to bring them to full participation in the formulation of policy and decision-making," Roeh wrote in his letter. "To my delight, most of the mayors participate frequently in council meetings, in its decisions, and in the activities that it spearheads.”
Regarding the application of sovereignty, Roeh wrote that "The Yesha Council has yet to face further challenges in the coming years. We must bring the Israeli government to an understanding that sovereignty over Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley must begin. In the reality in which we live, there is no escape from this - something we are increasingly coming to understand.”
On the public image projected by residents of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley, Roeh wrote, "During this period, communities in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley are in a different place in terms of the Israeli public's perception. In their 50th year, [Judea and Samaria communities] are much bigger and stronger, both in terms of size and development, and in terms of public perception, which is becoming stronger.”
On the vision of a million residents in Judea and Samaria, Roeh said, "We must aspire to achieve this as quickly as possible so that the attempts to undermine our presence in Judea and Samaria are reduced to zero. We are on the way there.”
At the end of the letter, Roeh thanked allies, authority heads, and Yesha Council employees, finishing off on a note of encouragement to residents of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley.
"Over the past few years, we have had to deal with serious incidents, and challenges await us on the path ahead. But I am confident that your resistance, which stems from a foundation of faith in the justice of our path, is strong and stable. "
Avi Roeh will continue to serve as head of the Binyamin Regional Council and on the board of directors of the Yesha Council.