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Settler council head Dani Dayan quits

January 9, 2013 00:38

“I decided to endorse Netanyahu in the election and therefore leaving is the right thing to do," Dayan says after 5 years on job.

Settlement leader Dani Dayan

Dani Dayan 370. (photo credit:Tovah Lazaroff)

After five years on the job, Dani Dayan announced Tuesday night that he was quitting his post as head of the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

Now that he is leaving, Dayan said, he feels he can openly throw his support behind Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the joint Likud Beytenu ticket.

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“I decided to endorse Netanyahu in the election and therefore leaving is the right thing to do, so as not to politicize my position,” said Dayan.

“It is very important to strengthen Netanyahu.” he said.

Dayan added that he has been worried by attacks against the prime minister from parties to the Left and Right of him, and even from President Shimon Peres.

Settlers, he said, have been speaking against Netanyahu and have referred to him as a second Ariel Sharon, the former prime minister who spearheaded the disengagement from Gush Katif.

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Dayan said he has been concerned by Netanyahu’s dip in the polls.“A weak Netanyahu is a mistake,” he said.

He lauded Netanyahu for his approvals of settlement building in the last half of his premiership, and said he believed he would continue to support Judea and Samaria after the elections.

But that is not the only issue, said Dayan.

Netanyahu, he explained, is the leader best suited to handle Israel’s economy or the threat of a nuclear Iran.

Dayan said he would leave his post as soon as a replacement is found, a process that could take a few months.

He added that he intends to continue to work on behalf of the settlements by focusing on public relations for Judea and Samaria, particularly with the international community.
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