The head of the Kiryat Arba-Hebron Council, Eliyahu Libman, on Sunday spoke out against any cancellation of the flag parade that is scheduled to take place in Jerusalem this coming Thursday.
Libman said that "the cancellation of the flag parade is a surrender to our enemies. Only the people of Israel should decide whether they are the sovereign in Jerusalem and in the entire land of Israel, including Judea and Samaria, or alternatively if they are physically in the land of Israel but mentally still in exile. Only we have to decide."
He pointed out that the State of Israel is strong enough to decide that it wants and can hold a parade of Israeli flags in the capital. "A united Jerusalem will forever belong to the Jewish people, this is Zionism, this is Judaism."
MK Itamar Ben Gvir (Otzma Yehudit) said on Sunday he intends to take advantage of his parliamentary immunity and march in the flag parade even if the police ban the parade from going through the Muslim Quarter through the Damascus Gate.
"If the police do not allow the flag dance, I intend to exercise my immunity and march happily with flags. It is inconceivable that the Israeli government will surrender to Hamas and let it the be the one who dictates the agenda," said Ben Gvir.
He stressed, "It is the right of every Jew to march throughout Jerusalem and that is precisely why I was elected to the Knesset, in order to preserve the right of the Jewish people in the land of Israel."
Meanwhile, the police are formulating an alternative outline for holding the flag march this coming Thursday. The proposal will be submitted to the political echelon for approval. The alternative outline will aim to prevent as much friction as possible between the marchers and the Arab population.