The alleged sum offered would be enough for a single bypass road, whereas families of victims of terrorism and the heads of local councils in the region who have joined them—including Avi Naim, Yossi Dagan and Malachi Levinger—demanded four such roads. The head of the authority in question is said to have declined.
"We will under no circumstances accept a 'divide and conquer' stratagem on security. Lives are at risk all over Judea and Samaria as a result of the government not making good on its promise to budget bypass roads, and we're united in the demand to finally fund them to prevent the next attack," Dagan commented Saturday night.
"There is no struggle more just or moral than the one waged by bereaved families to prevent another family from suffering the same fate. We've had enough promises, and enough spins," he added.
Several days earlier, it should be noted, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised the council heads NIS 800 million to budget all four roads.
"The claim is patently false. Prime Minister Netanyahu's only agreement with the Yesha Council was on a security package, whose components will be agreed upon soon," the Prime Minister's Office responded.
The bereaved families participating in the protest intend to escalate their struggle, and started a hunger strike Sunday morning, along with the council chiefs. The decision was made, sources present at the protest tent said, after they were camped out opposite the residence and the only reply they received was reiterating the same promises and press statements of the past three years, without a genuine budgetary source to finance them.