In 2014, the Israeli Knesset passed a Basic Law requiring a national referendum to be held before any parts of Israel could be relinquished to another entity. This was a positive move as it prevented political deals from being made at the expense of our rights to the land. Only a referendum, conferring national consent, would permit a prime minister to legally relinquish our rights.
However, the law applied only to the areas over which Israel had sovereignty. Thus, Jerusalem and the Golan were protected, but Judea-Samaria was not.
The position of the Legal Grounds Campaign is that Judea-Samaria is as much part of the land of Israel as Tel Aviv, Haifa or Beer Sheva, and so we decided to push for an amendment to this law to protect Judea and Samaria.
This amendment would ensure that Israel’s citizens in Judea and Samaria would receive the same protection as that conferred by this law on Israel’s citizens within the so-called green line. This is of course just one of the forms of discriminations felt by Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria but it is a first step.
More importantly, the bill signals our claim to Judea and Samaria. The land belongs to the Jewish people and cannot be relinquished by a simple political decision.
MK Yehuda Glick, one of the Knesset’s staunchest defenders of Judea and Samaria, took the lead and has now officially proposed the amendment as a bill.
The legislative process is a long one, and this is only a first step, but we need to thank MK Yehuda Glick for his leadership on this!
Please – email MK Yehuda Glick at firstname.lastname@example.org and thank him for this bill.
This is a suggested text, but please write your own personal thank you note:
“Dear MK Yehuda Glick,
“I have learned of the amendment you have proposed to the referendum law in order to protect Judea and Samaria from a political deal and ensure that only with national consent could any parts of Israel be relinquished.
“This amendment is important as it allows us to declare our rights to the land that was allocated to the Jewish Nation by the British Mandate almost 100 years ago.
“Thank you for your leadership and conviction. “