Jpost Politics And Diplomacy
By TOVAH LAZAROFF \10/30/2016
Israel’s answer to any United Nations Security Council resolution must be the annexation of Area C of the West Bank, Education Minister Naftali Bennett said at a political meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday night.
“The UNSC council resolution, should be a trigger to put this plan into action,” said Bennet as he spoke before a conference of the National Union party.
But many settlers and right-wing politicians are not waiting for the UNSC to take action. To mark the opening day of the Knesset they plan to hold a demonstration to demand that legislatures pass a bill to annex the third largest West Bank settlement, Ma’aleh Adumim, which is home to over 37,000 people.
Already on Sunday morning they began a campaign, in which they plastered buildings with large photographs of former prime ministers, including Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak and Ariel Sharon, who spoke of the city’s eternal place in Israel and its importance in protecting Jerusalem.
On Monday at 9 a.m. a convoy of trucks and buses with the same posters will leave Ma’aleh Adumim and head for a rally at the Knesset, led by the city’s Mayor Benny Kashriel.
The event is sponsored by the Knesset Land of Israel Caucus, Ma’aleh Adumim, the non-governmental group Regavim and the Council for Jewish Communities of Judea and Samaria.
The Peres family attacked the group, for using photographs of Peres, Israel’s former president, who died last month.
The family said that the photo and quote was from 38-years ago, thereby giving a false impression of what Peres’ views had been.
“It’s a crude advertising trick,” the family said.
“There is no end to the cynicism of this campaign. They know very well that Peres opposed the occupation,” the Peres said.
Shimon Peres’ ability to change and grow, is what made his a great statesmen, the family said. When Israel was vulnerable, he worked to improve its security and when the state grew stronger, he fought for peace, the family said.