Netanyahu: The West Bank is The Land of Our Ancestors; 300 New Families to Join the Beit El Settlement
- Published on Thursday, 07 June 2012 13:03
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu described that the land of the West Bank is the "land of our ancestors" and that Jerusalem is the capital of "Israel".
Netanyahu described the decision to move several settlement outposts from Ulpana settlement as 'an action that the government is not pleased with' and he promised to reinforce settlements in the Palestinian Territories.
Netanyahu's statement came as an attempt to justify the refusal of the law that Knesset proposed on Wednesday that details the move of 300 families from Ulpana settlement to Beit El.
Netanyahu's office issued a press release that stated, "we are not strangers in Beit El, nor in Yahuda and al-Samira (West Bank); this is the land of our ancestors and here we created our identity". He continued "I say this in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel and I spread this word worldwide".
The Knesset voted for the "resolution law" that allows settlers to construct on private Palestinian owned land, especially in the West Bank. 69 members voted against the project, while 22 others supported it. The Israeli Prime Minister, Netanyahu asked members of the Israeli coalition government not to vote in favour of this project, promising to punish anyone who votes for it.
Netanyahu said "the law that was denied in the Knesset aimed to expand Israel, move the houses and support the Israeli settlement".
In a message sent to settlers, Netanyahu said "to my brothers and sisters, there is no other government that supports settlement better than my government and no other government faced pressures more than mine. We must understand that we work in a very complicated environment; the political, international and legal situation".
Palestinian presidency condemned Netanyahu's decision stating that it hinders all efforts of the peace process which Israel refuses to commit to. This includes the road map and the settlement which will undoubtedly bring instability to the area.