Photo: Gil Yohanan
Rightist activists attempted to set up a new farm in the contentious E1 area, near the settlement of Maale Adumim, in an apparent bid to provoke and embarrass Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is currently in Washington.
Meanwhile, another outpost was set up in the Binyamin region in the West Bank.
Rightists at work (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Ynet learned that settlers were planning to set up yet another outpost in the Hebron region.
Several dozen members of the so-called "Hilltop Youth," accompanied by Knesset Member Michael Ben Ari and rightist activists Itamar Ben Gvir, Baruch Marzel and Meir Bratler established the farm near Maale Adumim under the slogan "We're all E1."
Riot police who prepared for their arrival allowed the activists to reach the site but prevented one of them from positioning a caravan in the area. During the encounter, rightist activists cursed Arabs who were riding their horses nearby.
Housing infrastructure has been built in the E1 area, between Maale Adumim and Jerusalem, in the past. However, construction in the region was halted following American pressure and the area was never populated. US officials strongly object to any construction at the site as this would block the contiguity of a future Palestinian state.
Message to ObamaHowever, members of the Hilltop Youth said that the new outposts were merely the opening shot for a broad settlement plan that would "offer a response to Obama's plans for the establishment of a Palestinian state."
Knesset Member Ben Ari said that "we came here to realize the promise made by Likud, which pledged to connect Maale Adumim and Jerusalem. Security considerations are of no interest to me. The people of Israel returned to its land not in order to live within Auschwitz borders."
"The enemy wishes to bring us back to the 1967 lines, in order to bring us back to 1939 and the ghetto era," he said.
Meanwhile, hilltop youth Aryeh Bloomberg asked to convey a personal message to US President Barack Obama: "I too am an American citizen, but before that, I'm Jewish. This land is mine because it was given to us by God; it says so in the Torah."
"Obama, you have no right to tell us what to do," Bloomberg said. "Deal with your own country."
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