Now that Benjamin Netanyahu will exercise a fifth term as Israeli Prime Minister, he could extend Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank – something he promised if he were re-elected. The move would put an end to Israel's decades-long policy and recognize that the country it had conquered in the 1967 Six-Day War would be part of a negotiated settlement with Palestinians.
Netanyahu made the pledge during the recent campaign David Ha & # 39; ivri is a Jewish resident of Kfar Tapuach, an Israeli settlement in Samaria also known in the region The West Bank. Ha'vri said he was "very happy" that Netanyahu was moving for a fifth term in record time, largely because Netanyahu had promised in the days before the elections to begin reparation for Israeli settlements in the West Bank. 1
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If Netanyahu delivers on this promise, it would mean a dramatic development and possibly destroy the already dwindling hope for Palestinian statehood. A representative of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians would seek the help of the international community to try to block plans to annex parts of the West Bank.
The West Bank is currently h Approximately 2.8 million Palestinian Arabs and 400,000 Jewish residents in 127 communities, commonly referred to as settlements. In 1967, Israel took control of the land and allowed Jewish settlers to move in, but Palestinians consider the West Bank to be illegally occupied land.
Ha'ri and his wife have been living in the Israeli settlement of Kfar Tapuach for almost three decades and have raised their eight children there. Neither he nor the 220 Jewish families in the village are welcome in the Palestinian-controlled communities, including those just a short walk from his home called Yasuf. The entrance to the Arab village, which is fully controlled by the Palestinian Authority, has a sign saying "This road leads to the Palestinian village." The entrance to Israeli citizens is dangerous.
"It is very unfortunate that there are people who do not want us to live here, this is our home, this is our home, here must be the Jewish people," said Ha & ivri.
He considers it important to live in the place where his ancestors have been living for thousands of years. It's a sentiment shared by many other Jewish people in Samaria, including Eliyahu Hillel, who owns the Kabir Winery winery in Elon Moreh, an Orthodox Jewish settlement in Israel. I live in the Bible. For me, the Bible is not a story. It's reality, it's present, "said Hillel, whose main language is Hebrew.
He has been living in Elon Moreh for 35 years, raising his six children in the Israeli settlement.
Hillel said he does not mind having Palestinians as neighbors.
"It's not dangerous here, it's really a paradise here," Hillel said.
When asked if his family was in danger, he replied, "Not very, not very." 19659003] ISRAELI ARMY PROBES DISTURBES THE DEATH OF THE WEST BANK PALESTINIAN
In addition to the wineries, there are many factories in Samaria. Israelis are not allowed to work in Palestinian-controlled areas, but according to local authorities, most factory workers are Palestinians in the three industrial parks of Israel-controlled Samaria.
"This is an injection molding company named & # 39; Twitoplast" We do all the products for the air conditioning business, "said Moshe Lev-ran, export manager at Twitoplast, when describing the factory located in an industrial area in Samaria He said the factory had about 150 employees and half are Palestinians.
When a Palestinian clerk was asked if he liked working at Twitoplast, he said "yes," adding he had no objection to The employee does not speak English and was asked in Hebrew if there were any problems, he replied, "I should bring food for my children, what should I do?"
Sofian Dagger, the plant manager, is also a Palestinian. He has been working at Twitoplast for 20 years. He also does not speak English and when asked in Hebrew what it's like for him to work in a factory with Jewish people and Arabs, he said, "We work together, it's good."
When asked, if he ever encounters problems At an Israeli company he said in Hebrew: "Not at all. All my brothers, I have seven brothers, they all work for the Jewish people.
Dagger says he chose Twitoplast because "the money is good," adding that the salary is better than any other place in the area. Dagger said his son works in the factory for the same reason.
According to Lev-ran, Twitoplast employees earn about five hundred dollars a month, which is more than twice the salaries of those working in the Palestinian Authority. or PA-controlled areas: Palestinian employees at the factory also receive benefits such as social security, which Lev-ran said they would not receive if they worked in PA-ruled areas.
Since Israelis and Palestinians work well together at Twitoplast, Dolch wonders why there can not be peace everywhere.
"I ask everyone that there will be peace for all over the world. Not only in Israel, not only in Palestine, not only in America. We need peace for the sake of the children. It's a shame to have wars, it's a shame, "said Dagger.
When asked if he could achieve peace, he said," Why not? It can happen.
Lev-ran said he hopes Twitoplast proves that Palestinians and Israelis can co-exist. He believes peace will come when Palestinians thrive.
"A Palestinian waking up at 4am to get to work, thinking only one thing about bringing food to his children, he thinks, he does not think how to kill me," Lev said "So they ask me if I'm not worried when I get to work, I'm not worried at all We do not carry guns here In my kibbutz (a communal settlement in Israel) that's nearby from Gaza, I have more anxiety than I. I have 30 seconds to run to the shelter if they shoot me a rocket, Hamas, but if I send people to work in the Gaza Strip, they will fight Hamas and nobody will shoot me with a rocket. "
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When Asked What He Wanted Think of a company like Twitoplast, where Palestinians and Israelis work together Ha & ivri: "I think that's wonderful bar and I think that many people outside of this area do not know these facts he has grounded.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. The video for this story was shot and edited by Talia Kaplan. Lexi Baker contributed to the filming of this piece. Stock footage provided by Pond5 and Shutterstock. Song: "The Legitimates" by Lionel Cohen.