A Canadian-born freshman Knesset Member is calling on the new Netanyahu government to end the discriminatory enforcement of building laws in Judea and Samaria, while pushing for the formation of political alliances between Israel and lawmakers abroad to prepare the groundwork for the future application of sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.
MK Dan Illouz, a 36-year-old Likud MK sworn into office just two weeks ago after Likud members resigned from the Knesset under the Norwegian Law, spoke with Israel National News in the Knesset about the anti-Jewish discrimination by the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria, as well as his plans to minimize the diplomatic costs of a future application of sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.
Speaking on last Friday’s evacuation of the unauthorized Ohr HaHaim outpost in Samaria, built by Jewish activists and named after the late Rabbi Haim Druckman, Illouz said Jewish settlement activity must be done in accordance with the law, but lamented the discriminatory enforcement of building laws in the area.
The evacuation “was a decision that probably should have been taken within the realm of applying law everywhere in Judea and Samaria,” Illouz said.
“What that means is that there is a lot of illegal Arab building in Judea and Samaria, in Area C specifically. It is insane how much they are building illegally, taking more and more land and no one is doing anything about it.”
“Then there is one Jewish house which is being built, and on that same day [Israeli authorities] destroy it. That discrimination is not right, in my opinion.”
Should the settlers cooperate more with the system, given that this is a right-wing government?
“I definitely believe in the rule of law, and as somebody who believes in Judea and Samaria and wants to apply Israeli law and sovereignty to Judea and Samaria, I want things to be done by the law, by the book.”
“But again, as a Member of Knesset, I asked the government to not discriminate and to apply the law equally to Arabs and Jews. If they demolish a Jewish home, they should also demolish the thousands of illegal Arab houses in Area C.”
What are your main goals in the Knesset?
“One of my goals is to advance the issue of sovereignty, not only within Israel – in Judea and Samaria – but also internationally. I believe that we can find people with whom we can work in parliaments all over the world to form an alliance that will help Israel whenever it finally decides to push for sovereignty.”
“Within Israel I’ll push for it to happen as soon as possible. But as soon as it happens I want the price for applying sovereignty to be as small as possible.”
“I believe we will pay a price for it, we have to be realistic in the international arena. But I’m willing to pay a price.”
“This alliance will minimize the cost and stop boycotts from parliaments.”