The Knesset on Monday night approved the first reading of a bill that places settlement museums under Israeli law by a 19-3 vote. Its creator MK Uri Ariel explained bluntly that the bill was designed to start a slow piecemeal legislative process that would eventually annex Judea and Samaria. "It's an additional step, and an important one to strengthen our hold on the land of Israel and to stop the discrimination against the residents of Judea and Samaria. Culture belongs to everyone and all Israeli citizens have a right to equal funding," he said. If the bill passes its second and third reading it would allow museums access to the same funding that such insinuations outside the West Bank receive.