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      by David Wilder
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      David Wilder was born in New Jersey in the USA in 1954, and graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a BA in History and teacher certification in 1976. He spent 1974-75 in Jerusalem at the Hebrew University and returned to Israel upon graduation.

      For over eighteen years David Wilder has worked with the Jewish Community of Hebron. He is the English spokesman for the community, granting newspaper, television and radio interviews internationally. He initiated the Hebron internet project, including email lists of over 15,000 subscribers who receive regular news and commentaries from Hebron in English and Hebrew. David is responsible and continues to update the Hebron web sites, portraying various facets of Hebron, utilizing text, audio, video and pictures. He conducts tours of Hebron's Jewish Community and occasionally travels abroad, speaking at Hebron functions.

      David Wilder is married to Ora, a 'Sabra,' for 35 years. They lived in Kiryat Arba for 17 years and have resided at Beit Hadassah in Hebron for the past 15 years. They have seven children and many grandchildren.

      Links to sites David recommends:
      www.hebron.com (English)
      www.hebron.org.il (Hebrew)
      www.ohrshlomo.org (Hebrew)
      www.ohrshalom.net (Hebrew)
      (others to be added)

      Sivan 29, 5768, 7/2/2008

      Give them Jaffa Street!

      Next week's headline will almost certainly demand that Israel relinquish Jaffa Street to the Arabs.

      The fact that so many terror attacks have occurred on this road, including exploding buses and concluding with today's bulldozer attack is proof that Israeli security forces are incapable of protecting citizens walking or driving on this street. The only possible solution for such a situation is to continue the same policies practiced by the past Israeli governments: If you cannot protect it, abandon it.

      Following transfer of Jaffa Street Israel should seriously consider a package deal by which King George Street is also given to the Arabs. After all, who wants to occupy a road named after a British King, and besides which, it's impossible to drive on these roads - the traffic jams are terrible.

      It's likely that Neturi Karta will demand equal rights, in which case most of Mea Shearim and Geula will go too.

      In the end it's likely that Israel will keep only the Gilo neighborhood in Jerusalem in order to access the tunnel roads leading to Gush Etzion and Hebron. After all, the Jerusalemites will have to have a secure way to escape from the city.