Dear Oded,

This morning, Prime Minister Netanyahu, sitting next to you at the Aseh Chayil School in Efrat , made the following statement:

PM Netanyahu: “Efrat and Gush Etzion will always be part of the State of Israel”
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Netanyahu: “Efrat and Gush Etzion are an integral, fundamental and evident part of greater Jerusalem. They are the southern gates of Jerusalem and will always be part of the State of Israel. We are building Efrat and Gush Etzion with enthusiasm, faith and responsibility; thus we are also building education.

However, for the past three years, Prime Minister Netanyahu has blocked legislation in the Knesset to annex Efrat and other Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
The question remains: Following Mr. Netanyahu’s statement this morning, will you, as the Mayor of Efrat ask that Netanyahu change his position and support the annexation of Efrat and Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria to the state of Israel?
The reason for this formal question is that Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin gave a public commitment to Gush Katif in his last speech at the Knesset, on October 5th, 1995, where I was present; in which he stated that Gush Katif would always be a part of Israel

[From Rabin’s speech, which was his vision for the future]:
… “The establishment of blocs of settlements in Judea and Samaria, like the one in Gush Katif.”
Four weeks later, on the night of Nov. 4th, 1995, while I was giving a lecture in Gush Katif, Rabin was killed.
Rabin’s commitment to keep Gush Katif was never put into law.
The question: Will Bibi’s speech today in Efrat be legislated or will it be remembered as morning entertainment for Efrat’s pupils?.
Otherwise, we may have one day visit the Efrat museum next to the Gush Katif museum.