Dani Dayan 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Israel should respond to Palestinian unilateral moves at the United Nations by
annexing Judea and Samaria, said settler leader Dani Dayan on Sunday
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“Israel should annex and apply Israeli sovereignty and
jurisdiction over the so-called Area C,” said Dayan, who heads the council of
Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.
He spoke at a
debate on Palestinian unilateral moves at the United Nations that was hosted in
Jerusalem by the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel.
urged the government to use strong-arm tactics to prevent the Palestinians from
its UN maneuver.
Too often in the last decade, he said, Israel has
preferred “not to achieve a decisive win.” This has had terrible consequences,
and the same will be true here as Israel engages in diplomatic warfare with the
“Israel must even for the sake of peace, decisively win the
diplomatic war against the Palestinians,” he said.
Israel, he said,
should use the myriad of levers that it has on the Palestinians both militarily
and diplomatically. If necessary, he said, it should even apply personal
pressure against its leaders, such as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
MK Avishay Braverman (Labor), argued that annexing Judea and
Samaria would destroy the basis of Israel as a Jewish and democratic
He said that he doesn’t care if the Palestinians recognize
Israel’s Jewish nature or not, what he cares about is that Israel itself refrain
from taking steps that would harm the Jewish and Zionist basis of the
He warned that Israel would become a pariah nation unless it ended
the occupation of the West Bank.
“We are losing all international support
and our economy is very fragile,” he said.
Dayan responded that he did
not believe that a two-state solution was feasible.
“There is not going
to be two states west of the Jordan.
The minimum the Palestinians demand
is far from the maximum that Israel can give them,” he said.
“There is no
final-status solution to the conflict,” he said and added that one former US
president after another has failed to make peace because they have not
understood this point.
The deputy European Union representative to Israel
John Gatt-Rutter, however, said that he believed a two state solution was
possible if the two sides returned to the negotiating table.
“This is a
leadership that wants to make peace with Israel. This is a leadership that wants
to make concessions with Israel on important things,” he said of the
“The one thing that the EU is particularly worried about is
the vacuum, the absence of talks and [the lack of a] relationship between the
two leaders,” he said.
Gatt-Rutter said he hoped that a way could be
found for the renewal of talks.
He warned Israel against any pressure
tactics against the Palestinians that would harm the successful security
relationship between both parties; particularly the withholding of
The last thing Israel wants is Palestinian security personnel who
have not been paid and who as a result have hungry families at home, he
The event was sponsored by Hadar Israel which seeks to promote
dialogue between English-speaking Israelis and the international
military reporter Yaakov Katz moderated the