Seeking votes in Homesh

Samaria council head candidate Ehud Stedenya vows to fight for former settlement.

Homesh 88 298 (photo credit: AP)
Homesh 88 298
(photo credit: AP)
Ehud Stedenya looked for voters in an unusual place on Wednesday, at the site of the destroyed settlement of Homesh on northern Samaria, where several dozen right-wing activists have been illegally camped out for the last month. Nevertheless, for Stedenya, 43, who is one of at least six candidates looking to replace Benzi Lieberman as head of the Samaria Regional Council in November's municipal elections, it was an ideal spot to both seek support and score an ideological point about the folly of 2005's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four settlements in the northern West Bank. "We will do everything that we can to fight for Homesh," Stedenya told The Jerusalem Post. The security forces have underestimated the commitment of the activists and the former Homesh resident who seek to return, Stedenya said. The police mistakenly believe that come fall, they will leave, he said. "With God's help they will find a way to stay there in the winter," said the father of five from the settlement of Avnei Hefetz, near Tulkarm. His call and that of the activists was picked up earlier this month by a new Knesset lobby group for Homesh composed of MKs from the National Union/National Religious, Likud, Shas, United Torah Judaism and Israel Beiteinu parties. The politicians plan to visit the site in September. Next week, a group of immigrant musicians plan to hold a small concert there, according to Likud MK Yuli Edelstein.