Defense Minister Naftali Bennett toured the Jordan Valley on Monday with Jordan Valley Regional Council Chairman and Chairman of the Yesha Council David Elhayani.
On their tour, they observed the town of Petza’el from Highway 505. The observation provided the minister with a comprehensive overview of Arab construction and the massive takeover of state land in Area C. Subsequently, the minister passed through the emergency center of the Jordan Valley to the Council and the IDF, where they heard about the daily work of the hotline staff.
Bennett said: “I will start from the end: I am not from the UN. I am fully in favor of settlement [sic], this is my policy. As Minister of Defense, I have a clear position on expanding settlement [sic] in Judea and Samaria in the quickest, best and most powerful way. In Area C, there is a campaign here and we are on the scene. I have defined the mission of IDF and the security system to prevent all illegal Palestinian construction. This is political construction with the aim of gaining as much of our land as possible. Our goal is to build and maintain as much as possible in Area C. Our policy and the commander’s spirit are very clear.”