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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was not the only Israeli leader who left on
Tuesday for Washington. He is being joined there by the chairman of the Council
of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria, Dani Dayan.
Dayan told The
Jerusalem Post during a stopover in London that the goals of his trip were to
follow what was happening in Washington up close, to give interviews to American
and international television networks, and to remind Netanyahu not to make
irrevocable concessions that could endanger Israel’s future.
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concerned about what Netanyahu has not been saying lately,” Dayan said. “He
hasn’t said for at least a year that Jerusalem would not be divided, that Jews
won’t be expelled from their homes, or that we won’t go back to pre- 1967
Dayan noted that the last time a chairman of the settlers’
council came to the US during peace talks, Netanyahu was prime minister and
Pinhas Wallerstein came to the negotiations at Wye
Wallerstein’s reports to National Religious Party MK Hanan
Porat ultimately led to the collapse of Netanyahu’s coalition.
messages that Dayan said he would seek to get across to Americans were that the
Palestinians were still trying to destroy Israel, that a Palestinian state would
endanger both Israel and the US, and that since Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas’s term ends in January, he no longer represents
Dayan warned Netanyahu that US President Barack Obama’s “mistaken
and hostile attitude to Israel policies” would return after the midterm American
elections in November.
“The charm offensive will end, the bad Obama will
come back, and we will have to deal with it,” Dayan said.
effort to pressure Netanyahu, a dozen ministers and MKs from his coalition, led
by Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, will tour schools in Judea and Samaria on
Wednesday, the first day of school, and call for an end to the West Bank
The tours are an initiative of the Knesset’s
Land of Israel caucus.
Likud hawk Danny Danon will hold a rally of Likud
Central Committee members against the freeze on Wednesday night in Ariel, during
which he will unveil a large clock that will count down to the end of the
“On September 26, we will start the engines on bulldozers
throughout Judea and Samaria and resume building the national Jewish
our historic homeland. I call on the prime minister to join us on this
Meanwhile, Meretz MK Ilan Gilon wrote to Netanyahu
“Come back following positive steps starting talks, continuing the
starting the new year on the right foot. You know how to make peace and
the ability to make peace, but it’s your choice whether to accomplish
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