A Solution for Amona

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House (www.heritagehouse.org.il) and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives (www.youngjewishconservatives.org). He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

I taught a class today at Aish HaTorah about the current situation with the Jewish Community of Amona. I briefly went through the history (random historical video here) and attempted to explain the complexity of the crisis and the various solutions presently being suggested by different Israeli government agencies and elected officials. No doubt, its a difficult situation.

In the course of the class/discussion, I came up with a solution that I haven't heard proposed in any of the media outlets thus far. Why not simply annex Ofra, Amona and the immediate surrounding area (Beit El, Givat Asaf)? Clearly the previous threats to build more houses to offset those destroyed has not been successful in deterring the left-wing agitators and their "legal" antics. (This is especially true in the case with the demolished houses in the "Ulpana Neighborhood" in Beit El, where the promised houses still haven't been built!!)  

There is alot of talk about legislation right now in the Knesset for annexation of parts or all of Judea and Samaria, and that's a good thing. But when it comes to saving Amona, it may be the only solution, and the clock is ticking. 

Shavuah tov,

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem

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