The head of Norway's conservative Christian Partiet De Kristne (PDK) Erik Selle visited the Barkan industrial zone in Samaria during his trip to Israel, and took in the view from the "Balcony of the Country" observation point in Peduel, and met with Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan.
"Much of the Norwegian public supports Israel, including the biblical areas of Samaria," said Selle, who was impressed by the Israeli-Arab coexistence in Barkan's industrial zone. "The impression that the Norwegian people support BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) and the boycott movement against Israel was created because most of Norway's media are controlled by the Left.
"There's a gap between public opinion and the views expressed by Norwegian media. I'm pleased to announce the government in Norway today is more balanced. The first thing the government did was to open the issue of trade relations with Israel and to examine how they can be strengthened.
"As head of the Conservative Christian Party, my goal is to stop the boycott of Israel coming from Norway and from the West, and I want to convey a message to the residents of Samaria: The truth will come out; light will forever prevail over darkness."
Samaria Regional Council Chairman Yossi Dagan, who hosted Selle during the tour, discussed with him the challenges BDS activity present Samaria, and stressed the need for support from parliamentarians and public opinion leaders for the Judea and Samaria "settlement enterprise".
"Samaria today found another friend," Dagan said. "We're pleased to hear Norwegian public opinion is much more positive towards Israel and Samaria than what's seen and heard in the media. Norway's an important and influential country within the European Union, and it's possible this is the first step towards cooperation with public opinion leaders and leaders in Norway in favor of settlement and the State of Israel.
"For our part, we'll continue to work to bring public opinion leaders to Samaria so that we'll have more and more ambassadors in the world making a good name for the State of Israel in general and Judea and Samaria in particular," promised the council head.