Dani Dayan 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
United States President Barack Obama cannot be committed to Israel’s security if
he calls for a return to the pre-1967 lines, said Dani Dayan who heads the
Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.
cannot guarantee Israel’s security and talk about the ’67 borders because one
contradicts the other,” Dayan said.
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Before he became prime minister,
Binyamin Netanyahu wrote and spoke about the existential threat of a Palestinian
state, and he should use those words when he meets with Obama on Friday, Dayan
In addition, he warned, it would be a mistake for Netanyahu to
follow Obama’s blueprint to peace, in which he suggests that Israel first make
concessions on borders and then deal with the other two issues of conflict with
the Palestinians: the question of Jerusalem, and Palestinian refugees.
Israel strips itself of its assets, it weakens Israel’s stance in negotiations
and leaves it nothing to bargain with when it comes to these two other issues,
Samaria Citizens Committee head Benny Katzover similarly warned
Netanyahu against falling into the borders first trap.
Once an agreement
on borders is concluded, the Palestinians will walk away from the talks over the
issue of Jerusalem and refugees, he said.
Activist Itamar Ben-Gvir said
that it was the the activists and hill-top youth building outposts who would win
out in the end. Obama, he said, will leave office in a number of years – but
Jerusalem and Hebron are eternal cities.
Earlier in the day he sent out a
notice that activists planned to head out to an unbuilt section of the Ma’aleh
Adumim settlement, known as “E1,” to construct an outpost there.
Sunday, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon plans to head to the same site to
speak of its importance to the State of Israel. Palestinians have opposed
construction of the site, which they claim would destroy the territorial
contiguity of their future state.
For close to two decades, the
government has refused to issue final approvals for the E1 site – in spite of
pledges made to the city’s Mayor Benny Kashriel that he would be able to build