WEST BANK, Palestinian territories - In his strongest pledge yet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that no settler will be uprooted from settlements in the West Bank, regardless of any peace plan.
He also took credit for decisions by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, to declare Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel, and for U.S. recognition of the Golan Heights as part of Israel.
The Israeli prime minister was speaking on Wednesday night at an event at the Revava settlement marking the 40th anniversary of the Samaria Regional Council."I will not allow the uprooting of any settlement in Israel in any diplomatic peace plan. We simply won't uproot communities: not of Jews and not of Arabs," he told thousands of people who took part in the celebration, according to a report in The Jerusalem Post."We are not uprooting people: We are done with all that foolishness," Netanyahu said."Judea and Samaria is our homeland," he said. "This is our land; we will continue to develop it and to build here. In any diplomatic plan, I will not allow the uprooting of a single settlement or a single settler, not a single settler," he said.
The IDF (Israeli army) will continue to operate in all of the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley, the prime minister said. He pledged to work to gain international acceptance for these principles."Look what I did in the Golan. Look what I did in Jerusalem. There is more to come," he said."This region is not just the nation's birthright, but the nation's guard tower," he said. Try to imagine, he asked the audience, what would happen to Ben-Gurion International Airport or to Route 6, if it were not protected by Israel's presence in Samaria.Head of the Samaria Regional Council Yossi Dagan called for a million residents in Judea and Samaria and urged Netanyahu to authorize new settlements to achieve that goal, The Jerusalem Post report said."This is the time to apply sovereignty to Judea and Samaria," he added."We did not come just to speak about history, but to write its next chapter. We are embarking on a mission for 40 more years in Samaria," Dagan said.
Pictured: U.S. Ambassador David Friedman (left), U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton (center), and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) in northern Israel last month.
Note: Judea and Samaria Area is the Israeli government term for the administrative division encompassing Israeli-controlled Jewish-majority civilian areas of Area C of the West Bank, excluding East Jerusalem. Source: Wikipedia
Note: Samaria until recently was described by Wikipedia as follows:
Samaria is a historical and biblical name used for the central region of ancient Palestine.
This has subsequently been changed to:
Samaria, also known as Jibal Nablus is a historical and biblical name used for the central region of the anclient Land of Israel, also was known as Palestine...
Encyclopedia Britannica describes Samaria as follows:
Samaria, Hebrew Shomron, the central region of ancient Palestine.
(Photo credit: Kobi Gidon | GPO).