MK Yaakov Katz , Chairman of the National Union Party says at 1:10 in the video the Land of Israel Lobby chairman members present at the bash represent 40 or 50 Knesset members. It’s instructive with regard to how inundated they are. And when they threaten Netanyahu with abandoning him they are a force to be reckoned with. This is why Israel keeps moving further to the right.
MK Eldad told Arutz Sheva during the tour, “Recently we witnessed the destruction of the Ulpana [neighborhood in Beit El] and we saw the Israeli government destroying Migron and we understand that if the Netanyahu government would adopt the legal recommendations of the Levy Report, all these obstacles that prevented the preservation of Migron and the Ulpana could be prevented. We could have saved these settlements.”
He added, “The next threat is on Givat Assaf and Amona and if the Levy Report is not adopted, Amona will be destroyed, Givat Assaf will be destroyed and many other settlements [will be destroyed] as well. So we came here today to call, from here, on the government to fully adopt the Levy Report.”
“I’m afraid that Netanyahu is more obedient to the pressure from the United States and from Europe than to the pressure from his own voters,” he said. “We are here to explain to him that he will lose the base of his own voters if he will surrender to the demands of the international community and destroy more settlements in Israel.”
MK Ya’akov Katz (National Union) noted the great growth in the Jewish population in Judea and Samaria and said, “The State of Israel has to understand that the more than 45 years that he we have been in Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights and east Jerusalem are longer than the 19 years that we were not in those areas. Most of the Jewish people and most of the citizens in Israel today were born already in the ‘big’ Eretz Yisrael, which is still not so big, rather than in the ‘small’ Eretz Yisrael.”
For more Levy Report coverage check out ‘Levy Report’ fallout felt in DC, and online and NYT’ sees end of 2SS in Levy report, Munayyer sees Israel’s growing int’l isolation.