Michael Freund served as Deputy Communications Director in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office under Binyamin Netanyahu during his first term of office. He is the Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel (www.shavei.org), a Jerusalem-based organization that searches for and assists the Lost Tribes of Israel and other "hidden Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish people. In addition, Freund is a correspondent and syndicated columnist for the Jerusalem Post, and authors a popular blog on Middle East affairs, Fundamentally Freund. A native New Yorker, Freund is a graduate of Princeton University and holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia. He has lived in Israel for the past 19 years and remains a loyal New York Mets fan....
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.