Settler leader Pinchas Wallerstein, head of the Binyamin Regional Council, said ahead of Avigdor Lieberman’s imminent addition to the coalition and a possible confrontation over the illegal West Bank outposts that, “This government is the most hostile I have seen in all my years as a member of the Yesha Council.”
Wallerstein said he did not believe Lieberman’s party Israel Our Home would prevent outpost evacuation.
“The defense minister (Amir Peretz) has an interest in seeing the settlers beaten. This scores him some more points. I believe we do have a channel of communication with him, but I’m pessimistic regarding the possibility that it would help us in this case,” Wallerstein said.
“At present time the West Bank settlements are under the defense minister’s jurisdiction, and he will look for any possible way to confront us, even if Lieberman will join the government.
“I have not been able to set up a meeting with Peretz; there is a problem with his staff, which is hostile towards us,” he said.
A few weeks ago Peretz discussed the outposts issue with Ze’ev Haver, secretary of the Amana organization. The two agreed to more talks, but no additional meetings have taken place.
Meanwhile, the Yesha Council is gearing up for a possible confrontation. The recent “Our Yesha” journal, which was distributed in synagogues across the country, reads “Our faces are turned to dialogue and discussion; we are not interested in unnecessary clashes, which have a destructive effect on Israel and a predetermined outcome.
“However, if our extended hand is rejected, we will launch a determined and unyielding battle on the ground…the ball is in the government’s hands.