Judea and Samaria Leaders Dissatisfied With PM’s Response to Palestinian Terror
JNS.org – After meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, Judea and Samaria community leaders, who have been protesting outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem since Wednesday, said they were not satisfied with the Israeli government’s response to the recent wave of Palestinian terrorist attacks and will continue advocating for further settlement construction.
“Unfortunately, we did not receive a satisfactory answer to our concerns from the prime minister, and we will continue our struggle,” the Judea and Samaria leaders said in a statement, adding, “We are open to further talks with the prime minister about the issues we raised, especially regarding settlements and lifting the construction freeze, but we will not drop our demands.”
Several government ministers visited the leaders’ protest tent, including Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home), Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home), and Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis (Likud).
Akunis said Israel should “move forward with construction, regardless of the recent rise in terror attacks.” Immigrant Absorption Minister Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) told the protesters, “We are both on the same side….You should know that there has not been a single suggestion made by the security forces that was not approved by the [diplomatic-security] cabinet.”