Minister Uri Ariel
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Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) called on Prime Minister Netanyahu not to block a bill for the application of sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, which is to be discussed in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday.

On December 31st, members of the Likud Central Committee gathered at the Avenue Conference Center near Ben Gurion International Airport in central Israel to debate the formal adoption of a plank to the party platform calling for the application of Israeli sovereignty over Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria.

By a unanimous vote, the party committee voted to endorse a proposal which “calls on Likud’s elected leaders to work to allow unrestricted construction [in Judea and Samaria], and to extend Israeli law and sovereignty in all the areas of liberated settlement in Judea and Samaria.”

MK Yoav Kish (Likud), a first-term MK who chairs the Land of Israel Lobby, has drawn up a new bill based upon the resolution adopted by the Likud which would gradually apply Israeli sovereignty to communities across Judea and Samaria.

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation, which brings together party leaders from the coalition every Sunday, determines which proposals are adopted by the coalition, and which are not.

Coalition members are obliged to back bills supported by the committee, effectively guaranteeing passage.

Ariel told Arutz Sheva that he promised that the Jewish Home Party would act with all the political power at its disposal to promote the application of sovereignty.

"On Sunday, the bill of MK Yoav Kish and other Knesset members will raise the issue of applying sovereignty in Judea and Samaria. The time has come, the time has come for sovereignty, "said Ariel.

"We know that the prime minister has not yet made a final decision, and without it, it will not happen. Mr. Prime Minister, the time has come. The Likud Central Committee approved this, all the parties in the coalition are in favor of it. Give the green light to move forward in order to get to a much better place in sovereignty over our country.”

"We will act with all our political and public power so that this law will indeed pass this Sunday," Minister Ariel emphasized.

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