A Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria would pose a danger to Israel, and alternatives to this plan must be considered, Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar (Likud) said on Tuesday at a ceremony at the Ariel University Center of Samaria.
"Developments in the area, the fact that radical Islam is spreading throughout the region, unilateral moves by the Palestinians in the international arena and Palestinian positions toward Israel force us today to raise questions over the establishment of a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria," Sa’ar said at the ceremony, which marked the opening of new student dormitories at the university, the largest Israeli college in the West Bank.
"Based on the current reality, we know that the establishment of a Palestinian state in Judea and Samara would be dangerous for Israel. It's obvious that this will create a springboard for continued conflict with Israel. It will enhance the Palestinian position in relation to Israel, and will be dangerous for us, and it would therefore not lead to any sort of end of the conflict," Sa’ar said.
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"Israel is close to being surrounded by terrorist bases. One base was established in the north in 2000 after the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon, a second base was established in 2005 in the Gaza Strip after the disengagement, and now we are seeing a third base emerging in the Sinai where terrorist groups are gaining strength and operating freely. We can't get to a situation where Gush Dan, Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Rishon Lezion, Petach Tikva and Jerusalem will all be under constant threat of missiles from Samaria, Judea and Binyamin [in the West Bank] ... It's time to think about other alternatives for the framework of our relationship with our neighbors."
Earlier on Tuesday, during a tour of the archaeological and religious site Tel Shiloh in Samaria, Sa’ar announced that the site would be added to the list of field trips for Israeli schoolchildren. Tel Shiloh was where the ancient Israelites housed the Tabernacle before the First Temple was built in Jerusalem.
"It's quite an experience to be here at Shiloh and to connect with the landscapes and sites that are part of our history," Sa’ar said.
Referring to teachings of the Bible, he said, "We need to implement learning both through the legs and through the eyes, not only by instruction that takes place inside the classroom. All the places children learn about are located in sites which, for many years, we did not have access to. These places are part of our map of heritage sites, and now they will also be on the map of educational field trips. I'm glad to hear that groups of students are already visiting these sites today, and I hope more will come."
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