Newly minted politician and former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, who opened the political party, Chosen Yisrael (Israel Resilience Party) ahead of this year’s elections, gave an interview where he voiced his opinion on Jewish settlements beyond the Green Line.
“I don’t want to threaten anyone, [but] people may feel threatened,” said Gantz. “It bothers me when I look at Israeli society, on the divisiveness in it, and to polarization. I’m not just talking about left-right…but how individuals behave towards each other. I look at places like Gush Etzion, Ariel, Ofra, Elkana – they will stay [with Israel] forever. But how do with make it work?”
While Gush Etzion – a large bloc of settlements just south of Jerusalem – and Ariel, one of four Israeli cities in Judea and Samaria, are widely regarded as “consensus settlements” which are likely to remain under Israeli control according to most final status plans backed by the Israeli left, Ofra, which lies deeper in Samaria along Route 60, is outside of the Israeli security fence many on the left view as more or less a demarcation for a future Israeli border with a new Palestinian state.
Read more at Arutz Sheva.