Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israeli Defense Minister
Moshe Ya’alon met Tuesday with the leaders of the Judea and Samaria communities
and said that a future agreement with the Palestinians was unlikely to include
the eviction of Jewish communities beyond the 1967 lines. He added that Israel
should focus on “creating deterrence, not peace deals.”
“We have somehow become accustomed to the fact that just hearing the word ‘peace,’ just hearing it, instinctively spells ceding territory,” Ya’alon was quoted by the Walla news website as saying during the gathering, which was held in the Shomron Regional Council community of Barkan.
“The Middle East is about interests, not signed agreements, and interests are based on carrots and sticks,” he said. “In the Middle East it is actually carrots and clubs. Judea and Samaria are Israel’s homefront, and therefore we must make them stronger.”
Ya’alon added, “Contrary to popular belief, the demographics are in our favor.”