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Minister Eitan stresses importance of Likud unity ahead of hawkish rally

Government Services Minister Michael Eitan stressed the importance of Likud unity Friday after more than half of the faction accepted an invitation to speak at Wednesday's hawkish rally in favor of expanding settlements amid reports of a planned freeze. "The Likud faction is united regarding everything that concerns the Jewish people's right to the territory of the land of Israel, although there are different evaluations on the scope that the government and its leader have to exercise this right," he said in a statement. "But past experience proves definitively that any division, rebellion or split leads to the fall of governments of the nationalistic camp, which support settlement in Judea and Samaria, and brings about governments interested in wiping this camp out." "A democratic and open debate on this important issue is legitimate and even important, but ultimately, under the current conditions and in light of the international constraints that exist today, only a united Likud led by [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu will be able to lead in the best way for Israel," he added.
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