Hotovely: 'Outposts built on state land should be legal'

MK Tzipi Hotovely, arguably the Likud party's top ideological voice, voices her opinions about peace negotiations, the recent “wife murders,” and the mistakes Israel cannot afford to make.

20 questions 58 (photo credit: courtsey)
20 questions 58
(photo credit: courtsey)
What made you leave the media and join the political arena? Where do you draw the line with settlement building? Should the outposts also be legal in your opinion? What should Israel do about Judea and Samaria in any future negotiations with the Palestinians?
20 Questions interviews Tzipi Hotovely, a Knesset Member of the Likudparty and chairperson of the Committee on the Status of Women.RELATED:Rift in Likud: 19 MKs speak out against settlement freeze
MK Hotovely is the youngest member of Knesset - something she believes has its “benefits” - and is also one of its few religious women. She hopes that in the future more religious women will choose to get involved in political life.
When asked if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would receive her backing if he concedes territories, Hotovely opined that if the PM repeated any of Kadima’s mistakes, he would lose her backing along with that of many other Likud members.
Hotovely asserts that the land-for-peace formula actually promoted more terrorism in the past, and it is now incumbent upon Israel not to repeat the mistakes that were made in support of this formula (such as the 2005 disengagement or the futile Camp David accords).
According to Hotovely, the conflict discourse - at least from the Palestinian perspective - has less to do with 1967 borders and more to do with 1948 and the rights to the land.
Hotovely unequivocally believes that it is the right of the Jewish people to live in all areas of Israel, further stating, “We don’t need to give up an inch of our promised land.”
Hotovely believes the time has come for Israel to “think out of the box and annex Judea and Samaria.”
In the Likud MK’s opinion, “identity” is the single biggest issue facing Israel, and all other problems voiced by both the Right and the Left stem from the question of identity. In this regard, people who are not willing to accept the idea of a state with a Jewish identity cannot be citizens.
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