By Aryeh Savir
Gideon Sa’ar, Minister of Interior, participated today (Jan. 2) in the inauguration of a new neighborhood at the community of Gitit, in the Jordan Valley’ together with the members of the Land of Israel Lobby in the Knesset. They were part of a group that toured the Jordan Valley and expressed their solidarity with the residents there.
As the concrete foundations for a new structure were being poured Sa’ar stated: “We are here to strengthen you, the residents of the Jordan Valley. You are the emissaries of Israel, and we support you.” He further added: “The concept that holds that peace must require the uprooting of communities is misguided and incorrect, and we reject it. The opposite is the truth; blossoming communities in Israel are a condition to peace.”
MK Yariv Levin, who was a part of the tour, said: “The Jordan Valley is Israeli and will remain Israeli. “We are here because we have right to be here. Security concerns are important but they are not the main reason for our right to this area.” Echoing Sa’ar, Levin said that an Israeli civilian presence was absolutely necessary in order to ensure that the area did not turn into a nest for terrorists.
Minister Sa’ar and Deputy Foreign Minister Zev Elkin planted a tree at the new site together with a local resident.
This visit comes in the wake of controversy surrounding a bill proposed by Mk Miri Regev (Likud) this week to annex the Jordan Valley. The government ministers’ legislation committee approved the bill to impose Israeli law over Jewish communities in the Jordan Valley. 8 ministers voted for, 3 against. Regev said after the vote: “”It’s an important bill, which delivers the message that the State of Israel will not give up the Valley communities, the eastern security belt of the state.”
Tazpit News Agency