Bibi, Even the JPost Says What the Heck?

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House (www.heritagehouse.org.il) and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives (www.youngjewishconservatives.org). He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

Although the Jerusalem Post has sunk to quite a low level under its new "leadership", their "leader" recently wrote an important article for the right-wing public to deeply contemplate. His point is profound, even if his examples are not great. In this piece, I hope to improve on that part in order to better make his surprisingly accurate and very relevant main message. 

Katz's point is well presented in the title of his latest piece titled, "WITH TRUMP AS PRESIDENT, WHY ISN’T NETANYAHU BUILDING MORE SETTLEMENTS?" I think this is a question that many, especially on the right, are asking. However, Katz mistakenly posits that the small sheer number of construction approvals is what's important. It is not. Under previous Israeli Governments, many units were built in places like Maale Adumim and Beitar (mentioned in the article), but these are largely inconsequential politically. Other examples cited of Netanyahu's lack of action under Trump include his failure to annex "blocs", like Gush Etzion, and his failure to build in the E1 area. 

Both of these are correct, however, one cannot deny that these would be somewhat monumental decisions.There are numerous reasons why Netanyahu might be hesitant to approve such proposals right now. (None of which any "right-wing" person would agree with). However, international and arab reaction would be fierce, and somewhat justifiably so considering the magnitude of such potential moves. 

The more damning examples that could/should have been used: Building in Jerusalem and Cancellation of the "Disengagement" law in the Shomron (Samaria). What on earth can justify this not happening?!! Does Prime Minister Netanyahu now support the evil "Disengagement"? If not, why not just cancel it, at least in the Shomron? A bill suggesting doing just that has attempted to be introduced no less than 12 times, always getting pushed off. 

Secondly, Givat HaMatos! Not one house has been built there!! Not to mention Kidmat Tzion, Atarot and so many other plans. Why?! Why?! Why?!

To answer these, we should examine an important example that Katz brings at the beginning of the article: the establishment of the community of Amichai to replace the destroyed community of Amona. Why did Netanyahu build Amichai? Katz accurately attributes this decision to Netanyahu coming "under duress and extreme political pressure". 

Perhaps it would behoove the "right wing" community to apply a little more duress and extreme political pressure if they actually hope to see some results. 

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem



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