Yesh Atid's Dov Lipman 370.
(photo credit: Sam Sokol)
The Land of Israel Caucus that aims to prevent harm to Jewish communities in
Judea and Samaria was relaunched in the Knesset Tuesday with the support of 50
MKs, including two from Yesh Atid.
The heads of the caucus made a point
of opening the event, with Yesh Atid MK Dov Lipman and closing it with his
colleague Pnina Tamnu- Shata. Lipman said he was proud to be a member of both
the Land of Israel Caucus and the caucus in favor of two states for two
“MKs who support two states for two peoples must say clearly
that they love all of the Land of Israel,” Lipman told the caucus. “Giving up
any bit of the Land of Israel would pain me very much.”
she saw no contradiction between being a member of the caucus and her support
for a Palestinian state. She vowed to use her membership in the caucus to guide
it in the right direction.
“The Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria
must be strengthened in a smart way,” Tamnu-Shata said. “But we don’t want to
control the Palestinians. We want to separate from them.”
Trade Minister Naftali Bennett said real peace between Israel and the
Palestinians will come from Israelis and Palestinians working together, which he
said is taking place throughout Judea and Samaria.
“They understand we’re
not going anywhere and we understand they are not going anywhere,” Bennett
“The only way to defeat Israel is to brainwash us and make us
forget that the Land of Israel is ours. Judea and Samaria are ours not because
they protect Gush Dan but because Abraham walked there.”
Yuli Edelstein, who lives in the Gush Etzion community Neveh Daniel, made a
surprising appearance at the event. He said he was tired of hearing complaints
delegitimizing government funding for building in Judea and
“Plans for two states for two peoples have failed even if the
international community doesn’t realize it yet,” Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely
“There won’t be a prime minister more generous than Ehud Olmert and
Ehud Barak were.”
Pollster Rafi Smith revealed at the event that
according to a poll he took last Thursday, 86 percent of Jewish Israelis do not
consider the Palestinian Authority a partner for a lasting peace
The number was 84% among Yesh Atid voters and 68% among Jews
who voted Labor.