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Friday, December 29, 2017
Weekly Commentary: Privilege to Vote on Sunday Likud Call for Applying Israeli Law to Settlements

Weekly Commentary: Privilege to Vote on Sunday Likud Call for Applying
Israeli Law to Settlements
Dr. Aaron Lerner 29 December, 2017

This Sunday, as a member of the Likud Central Committee, I will have the
privilege to vote on this proposal:

"Upon the Jubilee of the liberation of Judea and Samaria and within it
Jerusalem, our eternal capital, the Likud Central Committee calls for the
Likud representatives to act to facilitate unrestricted construction and the
application of Israeli law to the entire expanse of the liberating
settlements in Judea and Samaria.

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill. Let my
tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not; if I set not
Jerusalem above my utmost joy."
[quote from Ps 137:5-6]

And it is truly a privilege as this vote serves to mark another milestone in
the transformation of the perception of the Israeli mainstream as we move on
to take our fate in our hands.

For far too many years we have been in limbo. Not wanting to act because
our relations with America were sour or not wanting to act because our
relations with America were good!

Lately our stagnation has been to the point of absurdity.

An example: we have left up for grabs the status of a huge expanse of land
thatís been exposed by the receding Dead Sea. This is land that NEVER was
held by anyone since until now it was underwater! The legislation is in
place to declare it State Land, but each week movement on the law is
postponed out of fear of offending Washington.

Yes, the Likud Central Committee vote is only a statement of the position of
the Likud Party.

But it would have been very simple for Prime Minister Netanyahu to postpone
this vote - as he has intervened to postpone other votes of the Likud
Central Committee in the past.

If we pass this resolution on Sunday, that won't be the end.

It won't relieve the pressure to act.

It will only add pressure.

Our party has primaries that set the list of candidates for the Knesset
elections.

The first time someone runs they can run as a regional candidate in the
primaries - a slot that can be won with a bloc of a few thousand votes - or
even less.

But once someone serves as an MK they have to run for a national spot on the
list. Something that requires a tremendous amount of support.

So EVERYONE who is now an MK - including ministers (except the PM) knows
that when we have primaries they need the massive support of the Likud
street to stay on the list for the next elections.

Their popularity will most certainly be impacted by how they respond to this
call to action by the Likud Central Committee.

Hopefully, the vote will go through this Sunday and the country will move
quickly so that 2018 marks a new chapter in our history.
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