Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to travel to the West Bank on Tuesday to receive a security assessment from the IDF as part of a renewed focus to court the right-wing vote with respect to Judea and Samaria.
It’s his third trip to the West Bank since the start of the election period, and follows trips to the settlements of Ma’aleh Adumim and Eli.
The media visual of Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon at the IDF’s headquarters in Judea and Samaria on the edge of Ramallah is likely to underscore his statement from Sunday that territorial concessions cannot be made to the Palestinians at this time out of fear that Iran-backed terrorist organizations would seize that land.
During his last six years in office, Netanyahu has had a love-hate relationship with the settlers, who believe he is strong on security but weak on settlement building. They are also frustrated that he has failed to create a standardized system to legalize unauthorized Jewish building in Judea and Samaria.
In the last election, the combined Likud and Yisrael Beytenu list fell behind the Bayit Yehudi party in Judea and Samaria by 8,000 votes.