Liberman: “Jewish Settlements mean Security”Published on: January 2, 2013
Yisrael Beytenu held a conference today on Workers in the Jewish settlements at the Shefayim Kibbutz. Party Chairman Avigdor Liberman said, “Since the days of Operation Wall and Tower up until today, we are fighting the same battle for Jewish settlement. We must shake loose of the notion that we need to give up land in exchange for peace.”
Over 200 famers attended the conference. Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and Party General Secretary MK Faina Kirshenbaum addressed the audience.
Danny Krichman, head of the Settlement Division of the World Zionist Organization praised Yisrael Beytenu and said, “The political party that accomplishes the most and always imbued with the values of Zionism is Yisrael Beytenu.”
Shmuel Rifman, head of the Ramat Hanegev Regional Council and new member of Yisrael Beytenu said, “Yisrael Beytenu is a group of people who know how to work and I say this as someone with much political experience.
Rifman mentioned the tremendous progress achieved in water desalinization, “In 2001, Liberman was pushing for the establishment of desalination plants, and today I can say that Israel is headed for an excess supply of water.”
Yakov Becher, CEO of the Association of Cattle praised Yisrael Beytenu’s effective response to the milk crisis, “Yisrael Beytenu” is not just talk but actions as well, and the crisis in the dairy industry is proof. I have come to say thank you on behalf of thousands of families. You have done a great deed.”
MK Faina Kirshenbaum spoke of her early years in Gan Shmuel and said that there were several important issues that Yisrael Beytenu will focus on in the next Knesset. “I think that the world will be facing great problems concerning food and water supply. Our national objectives in agriculture are very important. We need to do more to help farmers including tax benefits and securing their rights to the land.”
Avigdor Liberman opened his remarks by referring to the neglect the Settlements suffer from in some other parties whose leaders grew up with Beitar- revisionist values. The names Israel Galili, Tabenkin and Katznelson were no strangers to these leaders. But today, when comparing them and the current chairperson of the Labor Party, it is hard to find much of a difference between them.
“When we talk about agriculture, settlements, kibbutzim, new immigrants or the Periphery, Shelly Yachimovich does not represent these groups and issues. She represents the part of Israel from Kfar Shmaryahu to North of Tel Aviv. The Meretz party primarily represents the interests of the Palestinians. Settlements are an important issue, and after the election we will continue to strengthen them.”
“The State of Israel was established through operations such as “Wall and Tower.” Wherever there is a Jewish settlement, there there is safety, and there we will stay.” Liberman said.
Liberman also discussed the imminent elections,” I am familiar with most of the polls, and they do not concern me. I have just received the results of a poll carried out by Likud-Beytenu, which shows us doing much better. My gut feeling is that we will do much better than the polls. I am sure that we will get at least 40 seats.”
“It looks like there will be 14 parties in the next Knesset. The United States has two big parties, and we have 14. What does this mean for governance, the ability to lead and formulate a clear policy? Everyone understands that in order to bring about real change, to equalize the burden of service, the ruling party must be big enough so that it does not need ot make big compromises with the satellite parties. Whoever wants to see change must understand that governance is a keyword, and that we must win by a large majority. “