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News & Call-In with Tamar Yonah
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and currently, am Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center.
The Jerusalem Post is reporting that Gilad Sher, former chief of staff (1999-2001) to Prime Minister Ehud Barak when he was totally unsuccessful in reaching an agreement with the Palestinian Authority, said,
“Any outline of two states for two people will involve the evacuation of settlements,”
And that he estimated that 100,000 people would be required to leave their homes.
He further stated that
“We have to prepare ourselves in an organized way, on a national level for the time when the settlers will come back home to the borders of Israel,”
And that a time period of three or four years is needed to draw up such a plan.
Dov Weisglass, who was chief of staff to former prime minister Ariel Sharon, also believed that some 100,000 settlers would have to be evacuated to pave the way for a two-state solution however Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu lacks the necessary political support to come to such an agreement with that evacuation element included. He said,
“Netanyahu has crossed the Rubicon, but he is alone on the other side,”
I really don't know what Rubicon he is referring to, that a two-state solution is the only option or that there are too many revenant residents in Judea and Samaria.
But for sure we are not alone. We're together with Mr. Netanyahu and most of Israel.
The Islamists, the rioters under the guidance of Sheikh Ra'as Salah, those who would deny Jews rights of freedom of access and worship through violence, now banned from Jerusalem for 180 days and no closer than 30 kilometers, have a new symbol - four upraised fingers.
It may be signifying the four colors of the flag of their nationalism.
In any case. they remind us that we, too, have symbols.
We have 3 Patriarchs, 4 Matriarchs, 10 Commandments, 13 Principles of Faith and many others.
And 1 homeland.
May the coming New Year bless us with achievement, with spiritual enrichment, with security and with success in all our personal and national endeavors.
We read that yesterday,, in deliberating Arab claims to property in South Hebron Hills that
The state also wanted to make a presentation showing that the petitioners had not lived at the site before it was declared a firing zone in 1980, but Grunis suggested that instead the state go to mediation because this was “a special case.”
So the High Court of Justice has become a mediation forum. The law is to be tempered.
Will Amona so benefit?
Are - or rather can - Jews be special?
Now that US President Barack Obama has handed over to Congress a decision whether Syrian war crimes should be dealt with if at all, and therefore adding days, if not longer, to the possible further suffering of civilians, women, children and the elderly, he has, essentially, signaled to Israel that we cannot depend on him for the needed military support to deal with Iran.
His unwillingness to display firm resolve, preferring to hand over constitutional power he claims belongs legally to the President, illustrates an hesitant delay that we in Israel cannot afford. We cannot sit patiently while a Congress debates.
Of course, if he declares that this upcoming Congressional debate will also set a precedent for any future action he may take against Iran, in that the military operation will be defined as one in reaction to the use of weapons of mass destruction anywhere, there may yet be some benefit - if the vote supports him.