Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon on Sunday convened the heads of right-wing
groups inside the Likud central committee he heads to plan strategies for
blocking Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu from advancing an interim agreement
with the PA.
The meeting was intended to counter-balance pressure to move
the diplomatic process forward that Netanyahu is expected to encounter in
Monday’s meeting with US President Barack Obama and over the next several
Danon stressed that the event was not an anti- Netanyahu meeting.
He said the activists made a point of focusing their criticism on the head of
Israel’s negotiating team with the Palestinians, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni,
repeatedly citing her speech to the J Street conference in
“We won’t sit silently while Livni cooks an unacceptable
deal,” Danon said. “We can’t let there be industrial quiet.”
activists decided to focus their pressure on the Likud’s top four ministers:
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar, Home Front
Defense Minister Gilad Erdan and Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom. The
activists, who are close to the ministers, will push them to make public
comments opposing an interim agreement with the Palestinians.
strategy was effective in a successful pressure campaign opposing extending a
10-month construction moratorium in Judea and Samaria three years ago.
Likud central committee member loyal to MK Moshe Feiglin suggested getting
lawmakers to rebel against the coalition on key issues unrelated to the
Palestinians. But the consensus in the meeting opposed taking such a drastic
step at this stage.
Some of the same central committee members were among
the signatories of a full-page ad in Hebrew papers on Sunday that praised two
ministers, four deputy ministers and four more MKs for statements they have made
against giving up land. The ministers were Erdan and Transportation Minister
Another full-page ad in the same papers called upon Sa’ar,
Erdan, Ya’alon and Shalom to stop further releases of Palestinian
The ad, which was taken out by families of terror victims,
called upon the public to sign an online petition that has already been endorsed
by more than 31,000 people.
Another campaign against concessions to the
Palestinians will begin soon by the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea,
Samaria and the Gaza Strip. The campaign will feature hawkish quotes by
Netanyahu from his 1995 book, A Place Under the Sun.
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