Seven years after the Israeli disengagement from Gush Katif, the
settlement enterprise is still as strong as ever, MK
Ya’akov “Ketzaleh” Katz (National Union) said on Tuesday.
Katz told Arutz Sheva that the latest population data from Judea and
Samaria is proof that Land of Israel activists have won.
“Seven years after the disengagement, when 10,000 Jews were expelled
from 28 communities in Gaza, today we have over 700,000 Jews living
beyond the Green Line – in east Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria and
in the Golan Heights,” said Katz.
“This means that over 14% of the Jewish population in Israel today
lives beyond the Green Line,” he noted, adding that a recently
conducted poll found that the population grows by six percent every
“In four to five years we will have over one million people, in ten
years we’ll have 1.3 million and in 20 years we’ll have two million
Jews living beyond the Green Line,” said Katz, adding, “We want to
thank all the Jewish people who made aliyah and who live in Israel
today for standing behind us for so many years.”
Katz quoted former Education Minister and the former chairman of the
leftist Meretz party, Yossi Sarid, who wrote in the Haaretz newspaper
that the population growth means that Judea and Samaria means will
inevitably remain in Jewish hands.