Bibi, Snub the Hague! It's Jerusalem Day!Fear was not a trait characteristic of King David. Ask Goliath. Fear was not a trait characteristic of David ben Gurion. Otherwise the State of Israel would not have been declared. So why is Bibi afraid of the world?
The Return to Hevron Was On Passover, in 1968Read the story of how after the Six Day War, Jews returned to the city of the Patriarchs, the city where Abraham purchased land and where King David reigned for 7 years before going up to Jerusalem. Perhaps Barak and Bibi don't read the Bible.
Hebron FirstHebron is one of the four holy cities of Israel and it is time to make its status unassailable, UN and US notwithstanding.
Who's to Blame?Over the past few days, Israeli media and blogs around the world have been chewing, regurgitating, and chewing again, a short video filmed in Hebron a few months ago. The video shows Hebron resident Yifat Alkobi yelling and cursing some of her Arab neighbors, the Abu Isha family, who live across the street.
Open Letter to the Director of Amnesty InternationalWe strongly protest the description of your visit in Hebron, the conclusions you so arbitrarily reached, and the fact that you refuse to meet and discuss the issues involved with representatives of Hebron's Jewish community.
An Open Letter to the Swedish AmbassadorThe presence of ultra-extremist anti-Israel and anti-Jewish organizations such as ISM and other such groups in Hebron is, as can be understood, extremely unpopular amongst Hebron residents and community supporters. Their presence is clearly provocative.
The Spark of ReturnUsually when I give tours in Hebron, I do the talking and the visitors do the listening. The history, the culture and tradition and, for me, the stories, are what make a good tour. This week, however, in the midst of an excursion around the city, my guest turned to me and said, "Now I want to tell you a story." And what a story it was.
The Bullet's in the ChamberOne need not be a veteran intelligence analyst to realize that the Israel of 2006 isn't the Israel of the past. Much has changed.
Israelis or Jews?Blame is flying every which way and finger-pointing is at its peak. Yet, the real point has yet to be addressed.
Bloodshed or CompromiseIn the case of Hebron, an agreement was not only possible, it was achieved and implemented (by one side). Why then would Mazuz, after the fact, reject such an agreement, which explicitly prevented the scenes from Amona in Hebron?
Sodom and GomorrahAs a result of her attempt to waste water on Israeli expulsion forces, Deli was charged with attacking police officers and rioting.
Long Live the Youth of Israel!The Jewish Community of Hebron has come under invasion by the Israeli police and other security forces. This morning, for the second time in two days, dozens and dozens of police, border police and riot squad members invaded the Avraham Avinu neighborhood in Hebron.
Murdered Twice?Hebron residents redeemed, renovated and repopulated Jewish property stolen from Hebron's Jewish community following the 1929 riots, massacre and expulsion. That neighborhood, Mitzpe Shalhevet, is presently on the brink of obliteration; not by Arabs, rather by the Israeli government.
The Winners and the LosersIt certainly has been a momentous year. As the year ends, we traditionally bless the New Year, saying, "Let's leave this year and all its curses, and welcome the new year with all its blessings." Yet, it seems rather difficult to escape the year's curses.
The Executioner<I><b>9/11 2005</b></i> The last thing any normal person would expect, on such an ominous date, would be total surrender to terror. However, that is exactly what is happening.
Let My People Stay!What mood would you expect to find Gush Katif residents in a week before the guillotine is supposed to fall? Sad, tense, nervous? Nothing of the kind.
Sderot and OfakimEarly last week, our good friends the Sudris, Noam and Tali, invited us to spend the weekend with them. "Sure," we answered, "why not?" We really wanted to go. The Sudris live in Kfar Darom, in Gush Katif.
KissufimI no longer know where I am. Yesterday really threw me for a loop. But I guess that's my fault. Nothing should surprise me anymore.
Scaring Away Wild DogsSharon is running scared. D-Day is getting closer and closer and Ariel Sharon is starting to panic. The signs aren't hard to read.
Entebbe, ForgottenIsrael proved again, to itself and to the world, that we would not give in to terrorism, at any cost.
Collision CourseAriel Sharon, Sha'ul Mofaz and others are recklessly engineering Israel down a one-way track, the wrong way. Not into a truck parked on the tracks, rather into a train speeding in the other direction.
The Punishment Must Fit the CrimeHe didn't have to die at the hands of Arab terrorists. However, when it was decided the day before to 'ease-up' on restrictions on Arab transportation in the Shomron, with IDF roadblocks being removed, making it 'easier' for the innocent Arab population to move around, the next morning's killing became inevitable.
Orange JewsAny Beer Sheva resident taking a good look at the map of the above-mentioned 1947 boundaries will quickly realize that according to that agreement, the capital of the Negev would have the same status as Gush Katif following the Israeli retreat; i.e., Beer Sheva would be under full Arab control.
A Tale of Three FamiliesI left for Gush Katif with my wife and three of our children just after eight in the morning. An hour and a half later, we arrived at the Kissufim junction.
"It Became the Cornerstone"I had never before visited the Homesh community, located in the northern Shomron. In truth, standing at the neighborhood's highest point, I could not believe my eyes.
Following the Same PathWithout the roots of Passover, without the inbred hope and knowledge that from within the darkness there is always light, that redemption is always around the corner, even when that corner is hidden and not yet visible, without this promise, how could any people survive such cataclysmic occurrences over thousands of years?
The Real Tel AvivDirectly under the Levinger's apartment is the Hebron Archeological Park, which contains artifacts from 4,500 to 1,500 years old, including a wall from the days of Abraham and a house from the era of King Hezekiah, some 2,700 years ago.
Simcha and EmunahThere are two integral ingredients: happiness and faith. Without either one of them it is difficult to exist.
Talia Sasson is a SpyThese days, with everything that's going on, it's not too difficult to get discouraged. Actually, it's fairly easy. But, just like anything else, in the end, it's not always the way it looks; rather it's the way you look at it.
Green Light to TerrorMonday morning it happened again. I sat down to work at about 8:30am. Only a few minutes later, the beeper started buzzing: "Shots heard near <I>Ma'arat HaMachpela</I>. There are wounded."
Selling OutWell, I guess Friday night's terror attack was only a chance happening and the victims, merely poor sacrifices for peace. Try explaining that to Yael Orbach's fiance, who expected to marry his beloved in a few weeks. I guess he was lucky. He was only critically wounded. She was killed.
Self-Hating Horror - Part IIIn order to rebut MJ Rosenberg's view of "Hebron Horrors", I continue herein to try and dismantle his article, piece by piece.
Self-Hating Horror - Part IHolding the position I do in Hebron grants me the dubious honor of receiving and reading various works of dribble written about those of us living in the city of Abraham. I find all sorts of garbage on various web sites circulating throughout the internet universe.
Weapons Confiscation is Only the BeginningThere are those who believe that we are paranoid. How could we possibly suspect the prime minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, or any of his underlings, of attempting to diminish our security? Rubbish!
The Fundamental Values of Our PeopleFinally, following almost five hours of interrogation, Miriam Adler was released. One of the main topics of the interrogation was "endangering a minor"; i.e., child neglect. Media reports have indicated that she will be charged with this grave crime.
Please G-d, Stop the MissilesAccording to Gush Katif spokesman Eran Sternberg, not too long ago, Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz ordered Chief of Staff General Moshe Ya'alon, "Don't hit back until after the Palestinian elections [on January 9th]." In other words, the Israelis will just have to suffer for a while; this is the cost of peace.
The Katif Wall?The only way to deal with terror is to stand up to it, to fight it, but never to acquiesce to it. This is why they are so determined to stay where they are, despite the dangers and difficulties, because they know that if Gush Katif falls and is abandoned to our enemies, the next front will not be Kfar Darom.
A Little Light Goes a Long WayIn keeping with the spirit of the holiday, this commentary should be full of shining light, radiating with optimism and hope. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The events I am obligated to write about are quite the opposite.
Expect the UnexpectedWas it worth it? Did we do the right thing? In other words, should a Jewish state have been created and recognized?
Once a Terrorist, Always a TerroristAs to 'what's next,' I answered without hesitation: "There is going to be a blood bath. The Arabs don't know any other way. They live lives of violence, that's the way they make decisions, and that's not about to change now. They will inevitably start killing each other as part of a war of inheritance."
Brain-Dead or Alive?No. This article is not about him. I don't want to even mention his name. Maybe I'll explain why a little later. No, this article isn't about Arabs. It's about Jews.
Giving Back IndiaThis past week, I attended a very interesting media conference at the College of Judea and Samaria in the Shomron community of Ariel. The conference was dedicated to the memory of David Bar-Illan, a fine man who deserves more than a few words of tribute.
The Legacy of Elon MorehNext week, Hebron will celebrate <I>Shabbat Chayei Sarah</I> ? when we read in the Torah about Abraham's purchase of <I>Ma'arat HaMachpela</I> some three thousand seven hundred years ago. Tens of thousands of Jews from around the world will arrive in Hebron for this festive event.
Eretz Yisrael is Not For SaleIs the magic solution a national referendum? Can we legitimately decide the fate of <I>Eretz Yisrael</I> in a national election? Who can participate in such a crucial ballot? May 'leaders' of Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha), and more specifically, those people participating in the Yesha Council, rightfully take responsibility to claim that we will accept the results of a referendum dealing with ch
The Iranian ConnectionWe have all been asking ourselves the same question, over and over again. Why? What happened to Ariel Sharon? Why is he insisting that Israel abandon Gush Katif and evict people from their homes?
<I>Har HaBayit B'Yadenu</I>For the past few days, we've been hearing commentators discuss the probable catastrophe that will occur should Muslim Ramadan prayers take place on a particular section of the Temple Mount, called Solomon's Stables.
The Ultimate T'shuvaThis coming Succot, Gush Katif must be flooded with people. The roads should be clogged like they were on <I>Yom HaAtzmaut</I>, Independence Day. All of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, as well, should be overflowing with people; especially the communities in north Shomron, also slated for destruction. Ariel Sharon and his cronies must know that we are not giving up and will never throw in the towel. <I>E
The Mother of the Sons is HappyToday I want to tell you a story that I heard a few days ago. It is such an amazing episode, and a fitting way to begin the high holy days of Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur.
A Glorious Past, Present and FutureKnowing that a historic liar was going to be sitting opposite me gave me the shivers. He was obviously going to lie through his teeth. The question was, how to approach such an opponent.
Stand Proud and TallIt's very important to remember what happened sixty years ago ? in Lodz, in Auschwitz and throughout Europe. The other night, while attending a wedding ceremony in Jerusalem, I had the honor and privilege to meet a man who, in my eyes, is a giant. In truth, I know very little about Rabbi Haim Menachem Teichtel. My guess is that he is over 80 years old - he was born in Hungary, and was fortunate to
Extracting Honey From a RockThe government has not yet officially decided to abandon Gush Katif. The Knesset has not yet ratified any laws allowing legal financial bribes to persuade families to leave their homes and land. There is absolutely no legal framework from which Sharon can offer money to anyone. Yet he is going forward, full steam ahead.
Come On, Take MeAnd let?s not forget our favorite National Religious Party ? in Hebrew, the "Mafdal" or NRP. What do they have to say? Of course the two 'brave souls', Effie Eitam and Rabbi Yitzhak Levy have already taken the giant step, having resigned their ministerial posts and abandoned Sharon's slimy ship. Yet others still remain, hanging on at all costs, stuck to their chairs. And what is really important t