Translation of Hebrew Arutz 7 article by Shimon Cohen
In another of Women in Green's Sovereignty Conferences MK Yariv Levin laid out his idea -- how to promote the application of Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.
This past Tuesday, May 13th, a conference of Women in Green was held in the community of Hashmonaim for the application of Israeli sovereignty in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley.
The event opened with greetings from the heads of the Women in Green movement, Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar, who emphasized the obligation of the Israeli Right to present a proper and realistic political alternative, and not to be satisfied with rejecting the Left's vision of establishing a Palestinian state in the heart of the Land of Israel.
Both women noted that during the 46 years since the Six Day War the Right was not decisive in presenting a clear vision and in the absence of this clear vision, a window was opened for Palestinian hopes to establish a new state.
After the two women, rabbi of the community Rabbi Itamar Orbach spoke, welcoming the heads of Women in Green, the demographer Ettinger and MK Levin, who were the key guests of the conference. He then noted the importance of this day, the fourteenth of Iyar, Pesach Sheni, in which the spirit of redemption that began with the exodus from Egypt on the fourteenth of Nisan, arises again. Rabbi Orbach also mentioned that since it was the place where the Kingdom of Israel arose again after the War of Judah Maccabee and his brothers, it is a suitable place for the conference whose objective is to strengthen and renew the Kingdom of Israel.
MK Yariv Levin, who not long ago was head of the coalition and will shortly be head of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, stated that the vision of sovereignty is indeed a vision that entails difficulties but will succeed in the end.
MK Levin focused his speech on the proper ways in which to put the idea of sovereignty into action, step by step. In the beginning of his speech he stated that indeed this is a long term and difficult task to carry out but "every such process begins with conferences such as these to acclimate people to the idea.
We cannot expect that after so many years when they conditioned us and are still conditioning us to think in certain ways, suddenly one day the public will get up and find itself promoting a different way."
MK Levin mentioned what he defined as the "peace process industry", in which so many resources and funds have been invested but the more that is done for it, the less this industry has achieved.
"The basic thing is a change of consciousness. We must first of all look at things and leave behind the slogans of 'land for peace' and 'two states for two people'. The two state solution is no solution and would not end in two states. We must begin thinking and speaking in different concepts. To present an objective that we will work toward", according to Levin, who states that along with the conferences whose purpose is to influence public opinion about the political change, we must act in the judicial sphere. "We must lead this process by judicial means", says Levin and clarifies that it is a gradual process in which members of Knesset would take legislative steps, even if they are partial, and only if they can promote the larger process that will take place when the time comes.
As an example, MK Levin presented the Referendum Law that passed the second and third with the coalition's agreement readings only recently, while the process was begun back in '99 when it was determined then that a referendum must be held for any withdrawal of sovereign territory, but the law was qualified that it would be applied after it would be determined how a referendum is to be carried out. At a later phase, in 2010, Levin himself brought to the legislature a law to define the methods of carrying out a referendum and with this, the law that had been shelved became enacted in practice.
Levin mentioned that until a few months ago MK Livni and Lapid expressed opposition to the law, opposition that led some journalists to think that this would be the death of the law, but despite that, Levin was able to bring the law to completion with the support of Minister Peretz and MK Mitzna. "It is possible and it takes a lot of time. It must be done in measured steps and the ground and infrastructure must be prepared so that when it becomes politically feasible we will know how to avail ourselves of the opportunity, "and thus Levin explained the main lesson of the Referendum Law.
In this spirit Levin remarked that a number of proposals exist for gradual promotion of the idea of sovereignty -- sovereignty in the Jordan Valley, expanding the boundaries of Jerusalem, connecting Jerusalem with Ma'ale Adumim, sovereignty over the communities and the roads that lead to them and more. Levin expresses support for these processes but cautions against a proposal that is based on the concept of blocs of settlement because according to him this process may result in disaster for a significant number of the communities. "The temptation to upgrade certain communities might result in the loss of others", says Levin.
Levin adds that the objective is indeed full sovereignty over the entire territory but until then it is possible to promote the necessary legislation in phases one of which would be civil legislation that will bring equality between the residents of Judea and Samaria and the rest of the citizens in totally civilian spheres such as issues of health, order and sanitation and others, details that are today carried out by the orders of a general.
He also mentions the laws of planning and building that today prevent the authorities in Yosh (Hebrew acronym for Judea and Samaria) from establishing a planning committee, which is the accepted method in every other area of Israel. Legislative steps must be taken in this matter as well and they will have additional value in the civil public consciousness toward the areas of Judea and Samaria.
In addition to all of this MK Levin remarked that these steps will become possible only if practical action occurs to make the necessary changes in the judicial system. Levin states that "We can no longer accept the present reality in which the High Court, which represents a radical leftist minority, perpetuates itself, dictates its values and dictates its positions to us in many spheres and does this not only by judicial fiat of the High Court but also because governmental systems behave in impotent and biased ways that are difficult for us to deal with."
According to him, such a change in the judicial system is "essential and will enable us to take steps on the way to the application of sovereignty". Levin mentions that "there are orders and regulations that can be carried out but these systems absolutely prevent their implementation. Along with the important battle in the area of hasbara (Israel advocacy) and legislation we must stress the required change in the judicial system".
Note that the conference, in which more than a hundred and fifty people participated from Hashmonaim and surrounding communities, took place in cooperation with the new movement being established, "Am Chazak"('A Strong People') . The event took place under the influence of the disturbing consciousness that the speakers and those present had regarding the civil administration's intention to carry out the destruction of buildings in three communities in Judea and Samaria by the end of the week. The heads of Women in Green, Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar, see the vision of sovereignty as an inclusive answer to such destructive steps, "We cannot run to every outpost and to every agricultural area built on state land. In order for the Arabs not to take over, we need a general, realistic and structured solution, which is the vision of Israeli sovereignty over the entire area", say the two women.
Article courtesy of Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar
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