There was a time when all Arab leaders would have been united in the concept that settlement building and peace-making could not go hand-in-hand.
“We must ensure that future generations won’t need to live side by side with a hostile entity in Judea and Samaria.”
According to Vilnai, the most important goal is to separate from the Palestinians so that Israel will remain a Jewish and democratic state.
The bond between the Right, the settlement movement, and the periphery is a solid one, yet not unbreakable.
Netanyahu has often spoken of himself as the leader of the Right, but Liberman disputes that self-description.
The absence of sovereignty has always placed a shadow of danger over the settlement enterprise.
“What is happening now in Judea and Samaria, is exactly the opposite of sovereignty. It is a lack of sovereignty,” said Gush Etzion Regional Council head Shlomo Na’aman.
The UAE deal opened up the possibility of a peace deal with Israel and the Arab world, but appeared to bury the possibility of annexation.
Says country committed to peace based on the Arab Initiative.
“First they don’t apply sovereignty, now they are saying we should apply sovereignty. It [their criticism] isn’t serious.”