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I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and currently, am Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center.
The Jerusalem Post is reporting that Gilad Sher, former chief of staff (1999-2001) to Prime Minister Ehud Barak when he was totally unsuccessful in reaching an agreement with the Palestinian Authority, said,
“Any outline of two states for two people will involve the evacuation of settlements,”
And that he estimated that 100,000 people would be required to leave their homes.
He further stated that
“We have to prepare ourselves in an organized way, on a national level for the time when the settlers will come back home to the borders of Israel,”
And that a time period of three or four years is needed to draw up such a plan.
Dov Weisglass, who was chief of staff to former prime minister Ariel Sharon, also believed that some 100,000 settlers would have to be evacuated to pave the way for a two-state solution however Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu lacks the necessary political support to come to such an agreement with that evacuation element included. He said,
“Netanyahu has crossed the Rubicon, but he is alone on the other side,”
I really don't know what Rubicon he is referring to, that a two-state solution is the only option or that there are too many revenant residents in Judea and Samaria.
But for sure we are not alone. We're together with Mr. Netanyahu and most of Israel.