Diaper brought for PM
Photo: Gil Yohanan
Photo: Gil Yohanan
Dayan: Israel made into a sucker
Photo: Gil Yohanan

Rightists put up protest tent at PM's residence

First right-wing demonstration against Netanyahu is attended by Judea and Samaria council heads and activists such as Ben-Gvir and Marzel, who bring diapers because PM 'pees his pants' whenever he meets Obama

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to leave for New York for a trilateral meeting with the US and Palestinian presidents, right-wing activists have decided to put up a protest tent in front of his home in Jerusalem, marking the first rightist demonstration against him.


The activists, led by council leaders in Judea and Samaria, are protesting a possible freeze of construction in settlements. They hope to be joined by MKs and other politicians over the next two days.


Meanwhile two prominent right-wing extremists, Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir, have arrived at the tent with diapers. They say they want to give them to Netanyahu because he "pees his pants" every time he meets Barack Obama.


The protestors claim freezing construction in settlements is "Peace Now's dream", and Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan said at the protest that "in recent months Netanyahu has turned Israel into the sucker of the region".  

Activists with diapers outside tent (Photo: Gil Yohanan)


"He recognized a Palestinian state, accepted the freeze in settlements, and in return has received a slap on the cheek and a toughening of stance from the Palestinians. It's time the prime minister understood this is the situation, that concessions in the Middle East bring on more concessions, and keep his promise to voters to renew development in Judea and Samaria," he said.


Minister Benny Begin visited the protest tent and told the demonstrators, "Your resistance is important and empowering; the right of Jews to settle in the land of Israel cannot be trampled."


Begin added that he doesn't think much will be achieved at the trilateral summit in New York. "The attempt to drop preconditions for negotiations on Israel – and even more so the for the launching of negotiations or even a meeting – according to which we must freeze immediately and for always the laying of even a brick in Judea and Samaria, this attempt has been rejected and common sense has triumphed."

  Karnei Shomron Regional Council Chairman Herzl Ben-Ari said, "We say to the prime minister, this situation of freezing settlements is terrible for us. It may be a game of words or of politics for him, but it's a game of life for us."


Alfei Menashe Council Chairman Eliezer Hasdai also criticized the prime minister. "Netanyahu has once again succeeded in misleading the public who made sure to keep him in office. Bibi was the first to be elected after Oslo in 1996 and even back then it took him over two years to unfreeze construction in Judea and Samaria," he said.


פרסום ראשון: 09.21.09, 14:05
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