Tractor in settlement 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file[)
In a country where politicians make statements whenever they decide where to
plant trees on Tu Bishvat and light candles on Hanukka, a new sacred date has
now become political fodder: the first day of school.
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September 1 will
coincide with a White House dinner marking the long-awaited beginning of direct
diplomatic negotiations between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas under the auspices of US President
Politicians on the Right intend to use the day to send a
message to Netanyahu that the construction moratorium in Judea and Samaria must
end as scheduled on September 26 and to Obama that continuing the freeze would
harm West Bank children.
At the request of the Knesset’s Land of Israel
caucus, ministers and top MKs will spend the day visiting schools in the
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin and coalition chairman Ze’ev Elkin,
who chairs the caucus, will visit schools in Efrat in Gush Etzion. Elkin
also go to a school in Tekoa.
Science and Technology Minister Daniel
Herschkowitz (Habayit Hayehudi) will visit another Gush Etzion school
children of Gush Katif evacuees in Nitzan.
Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon
(Likud) is expected to tour schools in the Samaria Regional Council,
Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein will visit a school in the Samarian
Yakir, Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat (Likud) will be in
Adumim, and Minister-without- Portfolio Yossi Peled (Likud) in Alfei
Deputy Minister for Youth Gila Gamliel (Likud) will be in Psagot
and Shas MK Haim Amsalem will be not far away, in Kochav Ya’acov.
whether the visits of the ministers to the settlements while he is in
would bother the prime minister, a source close to Netanyahu said, “The
ministers have the right to express their views, especially in this
they are not different from those of the prime minister.”
On the Left
side of the map, Minorities Affairs Minister Avishay Braverman will
Arab schools and Industry, Trade, and Labor Minister Binyamin
go to trade schools in Tel Aviv and Ramat Efal.
Other ministers are
devoting the school day to personal visits, not political ones. Tourism
Stas Meseznikov and Environment Minister Gilad Erdan will be
children to first grade in Rishon Lezion and Tel Aviv,
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz will be visiting the Kfar
Saba school that he attended as a child, which expelled the future