(JNS.org) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told leaders from Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria that the Jewish right to the land of Israel is not up for “political debate.”
“Our right to the land is not a matter of political debate,” Rivlin said, the Times of Israel reported. “It is a fundamental fact of modern Zionism. We must not let anyone have the feeling that we doubt our right to the land.”
Rivlin noted that the Jewish community in Judea and Samaria has had to contend with increased attacks in recent months.
“In the last few months, and especially in the last few days, the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria has been dealing with grave terror attacks,” he said.
“We have to cope,” Rivlin added. “We have the ability to cope with the current wave of terror, to fight against it, and not to give anyone the power to disrupt daily life. We must be an iron wall, a strong shield against those who wish to rise against us.”
Last week, an Israeli soldier was wounded in an attack on an army post south of Jerusalem. A Jewish toddler and father were wounded the same day in a rock-throwing attack north of Jerusalem. Earlier this month, an Israeli man was stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist at a gas station.