Tamar Yonah is one of Israel's most popular English-speaking radio show hosts. She made Aliyah from Southern California and after serving in the Israeli army began a prolific career in radio, including production, news and program development. She was the original creator and producer of 'The Aliyah Show' and still works whenever she can in that field. Tamar is a political activist, wife and mother residing in Judea and Samaria and currently hosts the top-rated shows of The Weekend Edition & The Tamar Yonah Show. Her award winning blog covers current events, religion, politics and anything else that's on her mind.
Sometimes when I get curious, I go to the 'enemy's' websites and read what they are saying about us. I always come away feeling so good afterwards, as they post on these sites how well we are doing. It's like the old joke about the story of a Jewish man who was riding on the subway reading a Neo-Nazi newspaper. A friend of his, who happened to be riding in the same subway car, noticed this strange phenomenon. Very upset, he approached the newspaper reader:
"Moshe, have you lost your mind? Why are you reading a Neo-Nazi newspaper?"
Moshe replied: "I used to read the Jewish newspaper, but what did I find? Anti-Semitism in Europe, terrorism in Israel, Jews disappearing through assimilation and intermarriage, Jews living in poverty. So I switched to the Neo-Nazi newspaper. Now what do I find? Jews own all the banks, Jews control the media, Jews are all rich and powerful, Jews rule the world. The news is so much better!"
And so it is with reading what the Arabs are saying about the Jewish communities in Judea & Samaria that made me really happy to read. (Inserted italics are my comments) They say as follows:
"Settlements: The Facts
There are currently 121 [yippee! ken yirbu (may it multiply)] Israeli settlements and approximately 102 Israeli outposts built illegally on Pales-tinian land occupied [liberated] by Israel in 1967. All of these settlements and outposts are illegal under international law [Not true, see here.] and have been condemned by numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions. Israeli outposts are considered illegal under Israeli law." " ...to be continued
Please view this video BEFORE continuing to read. It shows you the miracles that G-d has bestowed upon us, and what the enemies of Israel, the Arab States, the Obama Administration in the White House, the International Community and the 'Leftists' want to rip up and destroy!
Be a witness to the first ever look at the beautiful Jewish settlement communities scattered like Jewels throughout the so called west bank. This is the land at the cradle of Jewish civilization and is known today as Yehuda and Shomron or in English as Judea and Samaria. The return of our people to this Holy Land is proof that our Beloved G-d is keeping His promise He made with our father Abraham in which he said to him, "To your descendants I will I give this Land" At that time G-d established in Hebron the covenant of B'rit Mila. So today the 122 beloved settlement communities provide proof that G-d has not forgotten His Beloved people.
Film by Ezra Ridgley: Author of the book, 'Judea & Samaria: The Land of G-d' at: TorahAlive.com
I hope you didn't think that these 'settlements' the world condemns are just a bunch of trailer homes on a hilltop. tsk, tsk, did you fall for that? If so, I hope this video opened your eyes and corrected the 'enemy's' propoganda.
Continuing now with the Arab propaganda website...
"These settlements and outposts are inhabited by a population of some 462,000 Israeli settlers. 191,000 Israelis are living in settlements around Jerusalem and a further 271,400 are further spread throughout the West Bank. The settler population has grown consistently between 4-6% per year over the last two decades, a much higher rate of growth than Israeli society as a whole (1.5%). [yippee! ken yirbu (may it multiply)]
... In 2008, amidst the �settlement freeze� agreed upon in the Annapolis framework, tenders for new settle-ment building increased by 550% from 2007. Actual settlement construction has increased by 30% since the launching of the new round of peace talks. Settlement building around Jerusalem has increased by a factor of 38. [yippee! ken yirbu (may it multiply). Now I am really happy and want to dance a jig!]
A total of 9,000 further housing units have been approved in East Jerusalem, and approximately 2,600 new housing units are being built east of the Separation Wall, comprising 55% of all settlement construc-tion activity. [Ahh, this is just cream on the pudding!) These settlements and outposts are inhabited by a population of some 462,000 Israeli settlers...
Settlements are built on less than 3 percent of the area of the West Bank. [Dang! Only 3%? We need to do better, ...although, if it is just 3% and we have built so much, then maybe we aren't doing so badly!] However, due to the extensive network of settler roads and restrictions on Palestinians accessing their own land, Israeli settlements domi-nate more than 40 percent of the West Bank. [I am feeling really good! Tell me more! I'm a'lovin it!]
...Settlements are the cause of great inequalities in ac-cess to natural resources between Israelis and Palestin-ians. [Don't ask me why they keep hyphenating words over two syllables long in this article. Maybe it is hard for them to read or pronounce? Even the name 'Palestinians' which they gave themselves. sheesh!] Many settlements are built on prime agricultural land confiscated from Palestinians, or over key water resources such as the Western Aquifer basin, springs and wells.
Israeli West Bank settlers domestically consume an amazing 280 liters of water per day, per person com-pared to 86 liters per day available for Palestinians in the West Bank - [I know, guilty. We take showers and they apparently don't.] only 60 of which are considered po-table. The World Health Organization recommends a minimum of 100 liters per day � [Oh, yes, from the W.H.O. whom we trust our lives with [sic], and the people who want forced vaccinations for a flu that, though contageous, is not any deadlier than other common flus.] meaning that settlers utilize far more than double the water required, while Palestinians do not approach the minimum. [Do the Arabs living in Israel also contribute to the finding of new water sources, or the science of re-cycling/reusing grey water, etc,,, not!]
But only looking at domestic use is misleading. The brunt of water resources consumed by Israel are for farming and industrial purposes. [Guilty, yes, we do grow food to feed people, and make the land bloom rather than leave it a ghastly backwards desert region which it has been under Muslim rule.] When one looks at these numbers, the inequality between Israel and Palestinian resource sharing grows dramatically.
It is also misleading to look at the amount of land ac-tually �settled� in the West Bank (3%), as opposed to the more than 40% of West Bank residential and vital agricultural land confiscated around the settlements themselves.
By stealing both the land and water resources from Palestine, the Israeli settlers and the Israeli state have literally made the �desert bloom� whilst Palestinians are left with little of their own wealth by which to compete. [When you had your (supposed') great nation of Palestine (NOT!) all these last centuries under the Ottoman Empire, why didn't YOU make it bloom? Why didn't you find the water resources and nurture and tend the land? Why did you keep the land down and barren? You are a bunch of cry babies and no more the owner of this land, than the mother of the baby that told King Solomon that it was alright with her if he sliced the baby in half.]
And so, I say, write on, you who have chosen to be G-d's enemies by cursing His People. Keep crying to the world while the lovers of Israel laugh with joy at all the progress we have made ...and that makes your blood boil, though it shouldn't. You can choose to stay living in the 12th century as barbarians, while we continue to tend the land, grow food to feed people, grow flowers that we often export to people's tables in Europe, and keep building homes and schools that help all Israeli citizens and which enable the bringing of Jews home after our long wandering of the globe. It's all prophesized in the Bible. Maybe you should read it.
Long live those stubborn and Land-of-Israel-loving Jewish pioneers. King Solomon would say to the world, that by the settler's actions, this Land is our baby!