by Ido Ben Porat
Education Minister asks supporters of the two-state solution to imagine 30,000 Gazans protesting Israel's existence along main highway.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home), who also serves as a member of Israel's Security Cabinet, spoke about the Gazans' demonstration near the Gaza-Israel border, and about the danger to Israel if a Palestinian state were to be created.
"To all those who support a 'two-state solution' which involves handing Judea and Samaria over to create a Palestinian state: Imagine the 'march of return' that we're seeing right now in Gaza, along Route 6. If we leave Judea and Samaria, that's what we'll receive," Bennett said.
Route 6 is one of Israel's main highways, and runs from the Shoket Interchange near Be'er Sheva in the south, to Ein Tut Interchange, south of Haifa, in the north. There are plans to extend the highway in both directions, and in some areas, Route 6 passes only a few kilometers away from Judea and Samaria.
According to Bennett, the Jewish Home's responsibility is to prevent the creation of a Jewish state.
"[We need] a strong Israel, which does not give away its land," he said.
The "march of return" near the Gaza-Israel border, which began on Friday, saw approximately 30,000 Gazans participating, concentrated in six areas along the border. Some of the protesters burned tires and threw firebombs and stones at the border fence and the IDF forces.
On Saturday morning, the IDF attacked a Hamas observation post in central Gaza. According to Gazan's Health Ministry, sixteen protesters were killed. Hamas noted that five of those killed - Jihad Farina, Mohammed Abu Amaro, Ahmad Odeh, Saari Abu Odeh, and Musaav a-Salul - were members of Hamas' military wing.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Saturday night said, "We congratulate our soldiers, who protect our State's borders and allow Israeli citizens to celebrate the holiday in peace. Israel is working determinedly and with strength to protect its sovereignty and its citizens' security."
Ido Ben Porat
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