TO THE EDITOR:
As a Member of Knesset, my job is to speak out on behalf of the best interests of my fellow citizens and my country.
These days, I am truly alarmed by how much those interests are being undermined by the right-wing leaders of Israel’s settler movement. These leaders prioritize Jewish control of Palestinian land over Israel’s security, democracy and Jewish values.
If Israel is going to remain a secure democracy and a Jewish state, we need to reach a two-state agreement with the Palestinians. Most Israelis understand that — which is why they would oppose the annexation of the territory that needs to form the basis of a future Palestinian state.
Yet unbeknownst to the average Israeli, the settler movement and its powerful allies in the Benjamin Netanyahu government have been quietly laying the groundwork for annexation in the West Bank’s Area C. In 2016, they have already demolished more Palestinian homes than in all of last year. They have seized private Palestinian land and made it extremely difficult for Palestinians to remain there. New housing construction in the West Bank is up 16 percent this year — while new housing construction within Green Line Israel has decreased.