Likud MK: Annex All of Judea and Samaria, Not Just ‘C Areas’

Member of Knesset Tzipi Hotovely, says plan for annexing ‘Area C’ first means recognition of Oslo framework.

By Gil Ronen

MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) called on the nationalist camp to work for full annexation of Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron) and not just “Areas C,” as has been suggested by Jewish Home candidate Naftali Bennett.

Speaking at the Second Conference for Applying Jewish Sovereignty in Judea and Samaria Thursday, MK Hotovely analyzed the psychological barriers that nationalists face when discussing the issue of sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.

“When a right winger shows up for an interview he has one concern,” she explained. “After it has been proven that a Palestinian state is a disaster, he fears the ultimate left-wing question – ‘what is your alternative?’.”

The answer, she said, is applying Israeli sovereignty to the entire area.

We must take care “not to fall into the trap of ‘Areas C,’ because that means accepting the heritage of [the] Oslo [Accords] that divided the territory thus,” she added.

Hotovely referred to Psalm 37:27, which says: “Turn away from evil and do good.”

“We have already carried out the struggle of ‘turn away from evil’ because it is clear to every Israeli that the mistake of expulsion must not be repeated,” she explained. “The problem is with the ‘do good.’ People say that a Palestinian state is bad but they are afraid to annex. The right wing is afraid of its own shadow.”

“There is no option of not deciding in this matter, just as there is no way not to decide in the Iranian question and in the question of the Tal Law. The present leadership needs to reach a decision with vision, a decision that says that we cannot face the world with the political stutter of – ‘this is ours but we are afraid to register the asset with the Land Registry.’ If it belongs to us then there is no reason to fear to register it.”

Hotovely added that the report filed by the Edmund Levy Commission creates “a revolution in perception.” The report, she said, “ends the occupation of the territory by the Minister of Defense.”


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