Jerusalem Report

Jewish settlers in Palestine?

Jewish residents of a Palestinian state would need cast-iron assurances and safeguards for their physical security and basic legal rights.

Settlers hold a protest close to the scene of an attack by Palestinians near a West Bank settlement
When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broached the idea of some Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria remaining under Palestinian rule in the context of a two-state deal, he ran into a hail of criticism from left and right.

Particularly acrid was the response from Naftali Bennett, the leader of Bayit Yehudi, the party most closely associated with the settlement project, who accused Netanyahu of having “lost his moral compass.” Bennett definitely spoke for the overwhelming majority of the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria. Only a small minority – which included the rabbi of my community Tekoa, the late Menachem Froman – thought that the idea deserved a chance.

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