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      Michael Freund is Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel (www.shavei.org), which reaches out and assists "lost Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish people. He writes a syndicated column and feature stories for the Jerusalem Post. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of Communications & Policy Planning in the Israeli Prime Minister´s Office under former premier Benjamin Netanyahu. A native of New York, he holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He has lived in Israel for the past decade.
      Elul 28, 5773, 9/3/2013

      More than 1 in 10 Israeli Jews is a "settler"!

      Every year, on the eve of Rosh Hashana, Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics releases an update regarding the country's population.

      As we prepare to enter 5774, the number of Jews living in the Jewish state has reached 6,066,000, the highest it has been in 2000 years. Thank G-d, the Land of Israel is once again filling up with Jews!

      Taking into account the fact that there are now more than 367,000 Jews living in Judea and Samaria, and an additional 300,000 residing in eastern Jerusalem, this means that more than 1 in 10 Israeli Jews now make their homes over the so-called Green Line! 

      This is a statistic with significant political and diplomatic ramifications - it underlines the impossibility of withdrawal and expulsion, and highlights the ongoing reunification of the people of Israel with their land.

      We need to repeat this over and over again and shout it from the rooftops: the Green Line is dead. There is no turning back. Judea and Samaria are ours forever.