Science Minister Ofir Akunis (Likud) was given a tour of Samaria on Tuesday by Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan.
During the tour Dagan showed the minister the scope of the illegal Arab construction adjacent to Jewish towns in the region – construction which in many cases is funded by the EU, and which the Israeli government quietly approved last week by saying the matter is "not a top priority."
Responding to the illegal Arab construction, Akunis declared that "a Palestinian state will not be established here."
"There is no nation that gives up on its homeland – and no nation gives up on its security," emphasized the minister. "If we won't be here, Hamas and (Islamic) Jihad terrorists will sit here."
"I'm happy to see that my consistent position opposing the two-state plan is understood today, also by the international community."
Akunis last October called on the government to adopt the 2012 Levy Report, which proved the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria is legal according to international law. Aside from Akunis the Yachad – Ha'am Itanu and Otzma Yehudit joint list which just missed out of the last elections had promised to adopt the report.
Despite having been commissioned by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, two consecutive coalition governments headed by him have yet to adopt the Levy Report, leading many to ask why the ostensibly right-wing government is not taking action on the report.
The Levy Report was raised again just last Thursday by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home), who ruled out its adoption as "impossible" at the current time.