Stop Abbas ‘Salami System,´ Says Coalition Leader (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 07/09/12)
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Israel should annex Judea and Samaria and put an end to the
Palestinian Authority’s “salami system” of taking land, according to
government coalition leader Ze’ev Elkin, a Likud Knesset Member.
“For the past twenty years we have been discussing what we should
give and why. The time has come for a completely different
discussion. It is our right and it is our land. It is our right to
apply sovereignty over it”, says Elkin in his pre-recorded greeting
to the participants of the Second Conference for the Application of
Israeli Sovereignty over Judea and Samaria. The conference is
scheduled to be held Thursday in Hevron, under the auspices of Women
in Green and "Just Peace For Israel.”
“Now is the time to do so in Judea and Samaria. It is time to end
this ‘salami system’, where the Palestinians take and take as we cut
away and give them slice by slice,” MK Elkin declared.
He said that fear of international criticism is unfounded because
Israel has maintained its sovereignty over Jerusalem and the Golan
Heights for more than 30 years despite international condemnation.
Mainstream media still dateline articles in the areas as “occupied”
Elkin’s comments come less than a week after a panel headed by
retired High Court judge Edmund Levy concluded that there is
no “occupation” in Judea and Samaria, and international law allows
Jews to live in Judea and Samaria.
The idea of Jews having a legal right to live in Judea and Samaria
sent shudders through mainstream media, which initially buried the
report for several days, leaving Arutz Sheva as almost the lone media
outlet to publish it immediately.
Voice of Israel government radio was quick to feature on Monday Talia
Sasson, former head of the State Prosecution Criminal Department. She
rejected Levy’s report and said it contradicts High Court rulings.
Sasson authored a 2005 report that has served as the basis for
declaring dozens of Jewish communities and outposts “illegal.” Her
report was commissioned by then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who also
engineered the “Disengagement" program to expel more than 9,000 Jews
from their homes, all of them legally built, in Gaza and in four
northern Samaria communities in 2005.
Sasson later ran in Israeli elections as a member of the left wing
Meretz party. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 07/09/12)
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