Yoav Gal­lant dis­misses Pales­tinian state, calls to an­nex West Bank

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By TO­VAH LAZAROFF

Is­rael must ap­ply sovereignty to Area C of the West Bank, Aliyah and In­te­gra­tion Min­is­ter Yoav Gal­lant said on Sun­day dur­ing a cam­paign stop in the Binyamin re­gion of the West Bank.

He also dis­missed the pos­si­bil­ity of cre­at­ing a Pales­tinian state in the West Bank.

“I am clearly say­ing no to a Pales­tinian state. It is not pos­si­ble to have more than one state west of the Jor­dan River,” Gal­lant said.

“This is the place of the Jew­ish, Zion­ist and demo­cratic state of Is­rael,” whose ex­is­tence is based on the strength of the bib­li­cal fore­fa­thers, he said.

“We will work to ap­ply sovereignty in all of Judea and Sa­maria and to strengthen the set­tle­ments,” Gal­lant said, adding that, “set­tle­ments are the only key to hold­ing onto sovereignty and Zion­ism.”

“Set­tle­ments are the new Zion­ism of the 21st Cen­tury,” Gal­lant said.

These com­mu­ni­ties also play an im­por­tant role in pro­vid­ing pub­lic safety, he said, adding that they “are the east­ern se­cu­rity belt for the State of Is­rael.”

He also warned ter­ror­ists against fu­ture at­tacks, ex­plain­ing that any­one who tries to harm the state or its peo­ple is risk­ing their life.

“We will get ev­ery ter­ror­ist. They will end their life in prison or in the ceme­tery,” he said.

Gal­lant, who left the Ku­lanu Party to join the Likud, had been the Hous­ing and Con­struc­tion Min­is­ter and was known for his strong sup­port of the set­tle­ments, in­clud­ing ad­vanc­ing the build­ing project in Efrat on the Gi­vat HaEi­tam hill­top.

On Sun­day, he braved the wet weather and the cold winds to reach the set­tle­ments of Beit Aryeh, Neve Tzuf, Eli and Shiloh. His state­ments there place him to the right of Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, who does not sup­port the ap­pli­ca­tion of sovereignty at this time, or at any time dur­ing his last eight years as prime min­is­ter.

(Tal Ketko)

MIN­IS­TER YOAV GAL­LANT (cen­ter) vis­its the Binyamin re­gion yes­ter­day.

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