Settler Protest 311.
(photo credit: Tovah Lazaroff)
Settlers stepped up their campaign against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on
Sunday as he prepared to leave for Washington to meet with US President Barack
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They held a small rally in front of the Prime Minister’s Office in
Jerusalem and sent phone messages to Likud Party members, including activists,
parliamentarians and ministers, against any new initiative to curb Jewish
construction in the West Bank.
The flurry of activity comes as settlers
and their supporters fear that Netanyahu will renege on his pledge to end the
moratorium on new settlement construction and instead extend it beyond its end
date of September 26.
As the cabinet met on Sunday morning, the Binyamin
and Samaria Citizens Committee hoisted a large banner on a crane, and
mid-air across the street.
“Bibi is trampling on the settlements,” it
The committee also set up a loud speaker that broadcast statements
by ministers promising that settlement construction would
resume.Solidarity march to thwart bargaining of Jordan Valley
Meanwhile, the Council for Peace and Security toured the Jordan
Valley in a solidarity march, to explain its strategic significance in
thwarting any attempt by the government to place the region on the
table as territory that could be handed over to the Palestinians.
issued a sticker with a picture of Obama, that adapted his famous
slogan so that it read, “Jordan, We Can! The Jordan Valley – Israel’s
The Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza
Strip on Sunday morning sent 5,000 phone messages to Likud Party
warned the receiver that they were about to receive an important phone
The phones then rang with a recording of a statement Netanyahu
made when the moratorium was put in place in November, in which he
it was a one-time gesture that would expire in 10 months.
As part of what
it terms its “My word is my word” campaign, the council also initiated a
billboard campaign in which it has published photographs and statements
politicians promising that new settlement construction would resume at
Under the direction of council director- general Naftalie
Bennett, it issued a wayfarer’s prayer.
“May it be your will, that you
should lead us to peace, direct us to peace, and guide us to peace over
that pressure us. Give us the strength to stand firm, to watch over the
of our land and know when to say ‘enough’ to the leaders of the
Save us from any enemy along the way, whether in the United States
of America or any other country in the world. Place in our hearts the
understanding that we have no other land. Bless us that we should be
in all our affairs. Listen to the voice of our supplication, for you are
that listens to prayer and supplication.
Blessed are you who listens to
prayer.”'Washington trip could determine the moratorium's fate'
Council chairman Dani Dayan told The
Netanyahu’s Washington trip could determine the moratorium’s fate.
understand that the issue of expanding the freeze [beyond its end date]
arranged at this meeting between Netanyahu and Obama,” Dayan said. “We
it was important, before the meeting, to remind [Likud party members,
public] and Obama himself of promises Netanyahu and the ministers
On Friday, the Binyamin and Samaria Citizens Committee placed ads
in the media attacking Netanyahu.
In a statement released to the press on
Tuesday night the committee said that its ad campaign marks the first
Netanyahu took office in March 2009 that it has directed attacks against
In the past, the committee has focused on Defense Minister Ehud
Barak, who has enforced the moratorium and heads the Labor Party.
committee said it feared that in Washington, Netanyahu would cave in to
pressure to extend the moratorium, or, as a compromise, suggest that
construction resume in only a small portion of the West Bank.
promised to fiercely oppose Netanyahu should he agree to do either.
the terms of the moratorium, work has continued on around 3,000 new
units in Judea and Samaria.
Data released at the end of last month by the
Central Bureau of Statistics for the first quarter of 2010 showed that,
first time in the history of the settlement movement, there were no
starts during a three-month period.