The Knesset plenum held a debate Wednesday on a motion for the agenda on the issue of ”applying Israeli sovereignty over Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley.” MK Yariv Levin (Likud-Yisrael Beitenu) said, ”We failed when we succeeded in liberating regions of the homeland without applying our sovereignty over them. The same lack of vision of our leaders at the time – who may have led the country to a great military victory but lacked the long-term vision to realize this victory in full – is at the core of many of the problems we have to deal with today.”
MK Hilik Bar (Labor) said during the debate that Israel`s ”best move” would be to ”go tomorrow to the UN and say that we will vote for (the establishment) of a Palestinian state.” The MK said he was opposed to unilateral annexation, which he referred to as ”ignoring reality.”
”There are negotiations, and you (government members) have done everything in your power to hinder them,” MK Bar stated.
Deputy Minister Ofir Akunis (Likud-Yisrael Beitenu) said: ”Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years. It has never been anyone else`s capital. While others use Jerusalem as a tool in political arguments, for us Jerusalem is the rock of our existence which will never be divided. My personal opinion is that we should apply our sovereignty over Area C. As far as applying our sovereignty on the entire region – the government`s policy does not support this at this point.”
Addressing the comments, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatenua) said ”you do not have the right to give up our right to live here in peace; you do not have the right to turn Israel into a binational state; you do not have the right to isolate us and impose on us the regime of the extremist rabbis.” Livni said she was against annexing parts of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley, adding ”your actions will lead to a situation where there will be no peace and there will be no Jerusalem.”
”It has been said here that the government`s position is not to apply sovereignty, and this will remain the government`s position as long as I am a member of it,” Livni declared.