Today I had the privilege of taking some special people out to see the reality today of our communities, of the Land and history. Each time I am gratified by the response to the truth and the realization of what Israel really is, and the importance of our communities in Yesha to hold on to our history and also to protect our heritage.
They were appalled by the security fence lying smack against our community and shocked at the immense development inside of the PA regions; the villages around us. They kept saying how it is continuously reported how the Arabs suffer and - "would you look at their mansions?" is what they said.
They were shocked by the red signs at the entrance to so many Arab villages warning Israelis against entering the "A" area under the PA control warning about the dangers while they kept seeing PA vehicles driving down our roads.
"Why doesn't this get out? Why don't people know the truth about the situation?" They kept asking repeatedly how can Israel not show the true picture of the situation instead of always being blamed for oppressing the Arabs.
Driving down the path of the forefathers in our Bible Land where our history took place, and pointing out Ma'aleh Bet Horon, where the battles of Joshua, the battles of the Maccabbees took place- especially now on Channukah was so moving. Givon and the Tomb of Samuel the prophet - seeing the history in front of you. Villages from the time of the 2nd Temple, seeing a toll road of the Romans during their occupation of our Land and seeing the Jewish communities from the time of the Temple in Jerusalem had them speechless.
We stood on the high mountain in our community overlooking the sea, Tel Aviv, the coastal plains, and the runways of Ben Gurion Airport, standing amongst the Jordanian bunkers that we left on our community to remind all of what was there before the liberation of these Lands in 1967- a Jordanian outpost with bunkers and trenches used to attack the soft belly of Israel- the coastal plains. Now surrounding these bunkers are playgrounds, trees, flowers and homes of the Jewish pioneers who are living here, the laughter of children - life.
We do not take this for granted and are very grateful to be able to fulfill the promise of the return to Zion - and we are determined to continue to protect our Torah, our Land and our people by being here, by showing the truth and we are here to stay.
Connecting with the Land is connecting with our history and our heritage and the best way to understand the importance of what we are doing by returning to the Heartland of our people.
Channukah sameach and chodesh tov