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Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Israelis Ready for Sovereignty in Judea and Samaria

Friday, January 20th, 2017

A public opinion poll commissioned by the Sovereignty Now movement in preparation for its February 12 conference in Jerusalem and released on the eve of President Trump’s Inauguration, shows that the vast majority of the Israeli Jewish population would like to see Israeli sovereignty being applied over Judea and Samaria. Only seven percent of the public are interested in establishing a Palestinian state in these areas.

The poll, released on Thursday, was conducted online between January 10 and 15, using a random probability sample of 514 adult Israeli Jewish responders, with a 4.5% margin of error, by the Maagar Mohot Research Institute.

29% of those asked support the establishment of an Arab autonomy in Judea and Samaria under Israeli sovereignty, 19% support a gradual application of Israeli sovereignty, and 29% believe that Israeli sovereignty should be fully and immediately applied. Only 7% supported the establishment of a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria. 18 percent said, “I don’t know.”

Calculating only the 82% of respondents with an opinion, the balance of the results shows 35% support an Arab autonomy under Israeli sovereignty, 21% support a gradual Israeli sovereignty, 35% prefer immediate and full Israeli sovereignty and 9% support the establishment of a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria.

The poll also reveals that the vast majority of the Israeli public believe that a Palestinian state will not be established because of persistent refusal on behalf of the Palestinian Authority Arabs.

The poll was taken ahead of the upcoming sovereignty convention in Jerusalem on February 12, 2017, by the Women in Green movement and the Besheva newspaper. Its main points are being released ahead of the inauguration of President Donald Trump, obviously in order to make the point that a new era is at hand in Israel-US relations regarding the 1967 liberated territories.

Women in Green’s Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar, who founded the Sovereignty Now movement, said in a statement, “Prime Minister Netanyahu is a man of history. This is a historic opportunity to lead Israel forward to sovereignty and peace. The people of Israel are ready for sovereignty – now.”

Sam Solomon of Sovereignty Now said in a statement, “The Trump Administration has given clear signals that now is the time for Israel to dream big. The people of Israel are ready, our strongest ally America is ready, and now we call upon our leadership to rise to this historic opportunity to lead Israel to sovereignty and peace.”

JNi.Media

Bennett in Ma’aleh Adumim: It’s Either Sovereignty or Palestine

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

The Habayit Hayehudi Knesset faction conducted its weekly meeting in Ma’aleh Adumim, which is the focal point of a legislative effort to bring it into the fold of Israel’s sovereign territory.

Today we continue in the path of [Labor Prime Minister] Levi Eshkol, applied Israeli law in [unified] Jerusalem, of Yitzhak Rabin, who built Ma’aleh Adumim, and of Menachem Begin, who applied Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights. Today, we continue to Ma’aleh Adumim and later to the rest of the regions of our country.”

“After having lived here for 50 years, it’s time to terminate the martial law,” Bennett said, referring to the fact that, due to the ambiguity of all of Israel’s governments, hundreds of thousands of Jews are deprived of their right to access to many of the state’s civil services, and are instead being largely governed by a military ruler.

“Which is why, by month’s end, we’ll submit a bill calling for applying Israeli law in Judea and Samaria and embark on a new path,” Bennett announced, explaining, “We’ll submit to the government a proposal to apply Israeli law in Ma’aleh Adumim, together with all the coalition parties. I expect all my fellow government ministers to support this important path.”

“A national government has no other option,” Bennett stressed. “We must move from retreat to sovereignty.”

Bennett noted that Israel sacrificed thousands of its citizens, absorbed thousands of rockets, received countless condemnations because of the same messianic policy seeking a Palestinian State. “The conclusion is to stop marching on the tracks of folly of a Palestinian State and to apply Israeli law in Ma’aleh Adumim, the Jordan Valley, Ofra, Ariel and all the rest of Area C, as soon as possible. That’s the way to win.”

Referring to the change of Administrations this month in Washington, Bennett said, “You must understand, ladies and gentlemen, we are in a narrow window of opportunity, it’s our last chance before the world forces on us a terror state along Route 6 (a new toll highway running north-to-south along the old ‘green line’).”

“It’s either sovereignty or a Palestinian State,” he concluded, “If there’s no sovereignty, there will be a Palestinian State.”

JNi.Media

Bennett Promising Ma’ale Adumim Sovereignty Bill By Month’s End

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett Tweeted Sunday morning: “By the end of January we, along with all the coalition factions, will submit to the government a bill calling for applying Israeli law in Ma’aleh Adumim. I expect all the members of government to support it.”

The Knesset Constitution Committee is scheduled to debate a plan to apply Israeli sovereignty in Ma’aleh Adumim on Monday. The debate, initiate by the Land of Israel Lobby in the Knesset, will review the legal aspects of applying Israeli law in Ma’aleh Adumim, an urban Israeli in Judea, 4.3 miles from Jerusalem. Ma’ale Adumim achieved city status in 1991, and in 2015 its population stood at 37,525. Located along Highway 1, which connects it to Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area, Ma’ale Adumim is one of the most prominent well established Jewish cities in the 1967 liberated territories.

MKs Yoav Kisch (Likud) and Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi) are expected to participate in the committee debate, as well as Ma’aleh Adumim Mayor Benny Kashriel and his deputies. The committee will hear from the city’s residents who will share the daily difficulties they run into because they live, in effect, under martial law and not under Israeli civil law.

Kisch and Smotrich last August submitted a bill to bring Ma’aleh Adumim into Israel proper, which has received the endorsement of the majority of the coalition members, other than the Haredi United Torah Judaism. The bill reads, simply: The state’s judicial and administrative rule will take effect in the territory of Ma’aleh Adumim.” The bill notes that this de facto annexation will not essentially change Israel’s demographic balance – meaning that, since the added city does not have a significant number of non-Jews, there should be no concern for the “ticking demographic time bomb” that is a major concern of Israeli politicians who oppose annexation.

According to Walla, some in the Land of Israel Lobby wanted to submit the bill officially now, in response to the UN Security Council anti-settlement resolution, but MK Kisch objected, preferring instead to wait until after President Trump’s January 20 inauguration.

David Israel

Sovereignty for Maaleh Adumim

Monday, October 31st, 2016

At a protest held in front of the Knesset, with the participation of MKs, residents of Maaleh Adumim demanded the government officially annex their city of 40,000 residents into sovereign Israel.

Don’t stop there.

Annex Maaleh Adumim

As part of their campaign, they are displaying banners of previous prime ministers of Israel and the positive things to say about Maaleh Adumim.

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Peres, Sharon, Barak, Star in Campaign for Ma’ale Adumim Sovereignty

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy: Israel’s late ninth president, Shimon Peres, will star posthumously in a giant campaign promoting the annexation of Ma’ale Adumim, a town just four miles east of Jerusalem. Established in the early 1970s as an IDF post, Ma’ale Adumim received its status as a city in 1991, and today has close to 40,000 residents. Its unique location means that, should it receive Israeli sovereignty, the Jewish urban sprawl of Ma’ale Adumim and Jerusalem would forever thwart Arab hopes of establishing a geographically contiguous Palestinian State.

The new campaign is banking on the fact that all of Israel’s past mainstream politicians have supported the settlement enterprise, even if some of them later became its sworn enemies. And so, under the slogan “Continuing in their Path,” the campaign banners quote Shimon Peres’ statement: “The development of Ma’ale Adumim will secure the defenses of Jerusalem”; late prime minister and destroyer of Jewish Gaza Ariel Sharon: “Ma’ale Adumim will be built as part of the State of Israel for eternity”; settlements foe and former prime minister, Ehud Barak: “Everything you build in Ma’ale Adumim remains part of the State of Israel forever, period”; and the destroyer of the Jewish city of Yamit, the late Menachem Begin: “I bless the establishment of Ma’ale Adumim. The only viable option is our rule in Judea and Samaria.”

The intentional irony of the campaign, targeting an Israeli Jewish public out of which a consistent 80% have been telling pollsters they support imposing Israeli sovereignty on Ma’ale Adumim, with or without a peace agreement, was not lost on Israel’s combative left. MK Michal Rozin (Meretz) said Saturday night that “usurping the character and works of the late Shimon peres such a short time after his death to promote Greater Israel is a disgrace. This is a cynical use of the Israeli consensus to destroy the Zionist dream.”

The campaign will feature giant billboards at the entrance to Jerusalem and around the Knesset, as well as newspaper ads, a Facebook page called “Sovereignty in Ma’ale Adumim,” and a website named Ribonut (Sovereignty).

Maale Adumim Mayor Benny Kashriel said the campaign “expresses the clear position of the majority of the people who want to continue the Zionist vision and the settlement enterprise. It’s been 50 years since the city of Jerusalem was united and we returned to our historic homeland regions. All the governments of Israel have developed the area and we wish to continue the path of the leaders of Israel and the Zionist movement and impose Israeli sovereignty on the city of Ma’ale Adumim. This is how we will fulfill the vision of all our past prime ministers, both from the left and from the right, since the city’s inception.”

JNi.Media

Bennett: US Elections an Opportunity for Imposing Israeli Sovereignty

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Habayit Hayehudi Chairman, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, on Tuesday morning told Israel time Israel should take advantage of the elections season in the US to impose Israeli law on Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria such as Ariel, Maale Adumim, Gush Etzion and Ofra.

“It’s time to take an active step instead of constantly being on the defensive,” Bennett said.

When told that while President Trump would probably endorse such a move, President Clinton would likely reject it, Bennet said, “We can’t expect the world to be more Zionist than we are. We must be the ones initiating the action.”

Responding to a question about the world’s reaction to such a move, Bennett noted that Labor Prime Minister Levy Eshkol did not cower before world opinion when he unified Jerusalem in 1967, nor did Likud Prime Minsiter Menahem Begin when he passed the law making the Golan Heights part of Israel.

“I’m not suggesting it would be easy,” Bennett said, “but we need to do that which is proper for us. We must chart our vision and we must start working to apply it.”

Bennett admitted that his party’s line is in conflict with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s call at the UN for making the Two State Solution a reality. “Creating a Palestinian State along the 1967 border, with some swapping of territories, would be a horrendous mistake,” he said. “Currently we only have eight seats in the Knesset. When we have 30 seats we’ll be able to apply our entire agenda on this matter.”

When asked if he didn’t think it was time to end the cycle of violence once and for all, Bennett suggested that so far violence has been the result of Israel handing over territory, and not from annexing territories. “When we handed over the Gaza Strip we got rockets; when we handed over Judea and Samaria we got the second intifada.”

“The rules in the Middle East are sometimes counterintuitive,” Bennett said. “To maintain peace here, we must be very strong. As soon a you’re too soft in this neighborhood, you catch a blow. When everyone around understands that we are determined not to hand over even one square inch, the appreciation for our position would only grow, and we’ll see fewer conflicts and confrontations. They’ll accept it.”

Regarding the issue of the Amona community, which the Supreme Court has ruled must be evacuated and demolished by early December, Bennett said, “We’re working on it. Yesterday we launched a team of several judicial experts to examine several proposed alternatives, not just regarding Amona but concerning a long line of settlements in Judea and Samaria.”

“The Supreme Court must obey the law and must follow government policy,” Bennett said, explaining that “in recent years, before Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi) became Justice Minister, and before we were part of the government, unfortunately governments have gone to the Supreme Court and stated, ‘Of course, we must demolish.’ And so the high court responded, saying, ‘Do go ahead and demolish.’ They asked for extensions, but eventually the time expires. The high court very much relates to government policy. And we must turn this policy by 180 degrees, which we will do.”

Reminded that the AG Avihai Mandelblit is on the record as saying the proposed “Arrangement bill” to compel Arab claimants who can prove ownership over Jewish land to accept market value compensation, Bennett said, “Maybe that’s what he’s saying, and he is an advisor (the AG is also the government’s legal counsel). When I was a hi-tech CEO I had legal counselors, but I made the final decisions. The government rules, the legal counselor gives legal advice. Usually we prefer to accept their positions, but on occasion we don’t. Otherwise, the legal counselor becomes prime minister, which isn’t what the citizens of this country want.”

“Otherwise, why waste our time having elections, let the legal counselors run the country,” Bennett concluded.

JNi.Media

For The Sake Of Peace – Sovereignty Now

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Nearly 50 years have passed since we returned to the ancient parts of the Land of Israel, the cradle of the Jewish people, but we have not yet determined its legal status. The Land of Israel is tired of being the state of Israel’s “mistress.”

The time has come for the children who were born into this situation, children of communities and outposts, to become legitimate children of the state of Israel. What is called for is a proper marriage between the state and the Land, an application of sovereignty, and a full legalization of the communities.

Peace is actually hampered by the lack of sovereignty. This is true regarding peace in Israel as well as the world in general. Peace must and can be achieved only with a sovereign Land of Israel. All over this world, every person who believes in the Bible, whatever his religion, know this to be true.

“In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it…. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths, because the Torah will go out from Zion and the word of God from Jerusalem. And he will judge between the nations…. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation will not lift up sword unto nation and will not learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2).

This is the strongest and most exalted vision of peace the world can aspire to, and we are obligated to realize it.

Without the settlement of the Land of Israel throughout its entire area, without the application of sovereignty and the establishment of a life of Torah and ethics throughout the Jewish homeland, peace is impossible. In the weekly Torah portion of Masei that we read last month, we encountered the passage that teaches us “and you shall inherit the Land and dwell in it because I have given the Land for an inheritance to you.”

The Ramban defines the meaning of this commandment of inheritance that was given to the People of Israel as the removal of foreign sovereignty and control over the Land of Israel.

The Ramban states that this is incumbent upon us as a positive Torah commandment. The presence of many Jews in the Land of Israel is vitally important and certainly we are commanded to settle the Land and abide by our commitment not to abandon it to desolation – but settling the Land is not enough in terms of providing the Land with its appropriate validity and integrity.

The realization of the triple thread of Torah, People, and Land will come about only when the Jewish People apply sovereignty over the Land, conducting their own military/security, judicial, educational, social, and economic systems according to the Torah way.

Only thus does the divine ideal rule; only then will the prophecy “They will beat their swords into plowshares” be fulfilled. A state of the People of Israel in the Land of Israel is not just a means of survival but a phase in the development of world peace.

We must be thankful for everything we have received from the Almighty, but we also must continue to broaden and deepen the foundations of sovereignty in all areas of the Land. Thank God, in recent years more and more people are talking about and acting on sovereignty; we gratefully acknowledge the efforts of the members of the Land of Israel Lobby in the Knesset and its heads, MKs Yoav Kish and Bezalel Smotrich, along with the director of the lobby, Orit Struk.

Meanwhile, the Almighty is organizing events, causing the world to understand who is good and who is bad, who is evil and sanctifies death. The old Middle East is disintegrating. States are disappearing. Knowledgeable people are opening their eyes and seeing the changes beginning to take shape – and they understand what those changes must entail.

The Oslo Accords of the 1990s were a terrible mistake. They gave disastrous legitimacy to terrorists, breathed new life into the “two-state” delusion, and brought chaos and confusion to the Land and the world. We must return to the true path, to the basic stance that the Land of Israel belongs to the People of Israel. The application of sovereignty must be the goal of Zionism today.

Yehudit Katzover

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