Daily Israel Report

Ramat Gilad Faces Destruction

The Civil Administration has renewed an order allowing the IDF to demolish the community of Ramat Gilad. Residents plan to fight.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 5/24/2009, 9:46 PM

Yehudah Lev Kay

The IDF Civil Administration has renewed an order allowing security forces to demolish the community of Ramat Gilad, next to Karnei Shomron. Residents of the community say they plan to stay, and will fight any effort to forcibly evict them from the area.

The destruction order was issued two years ago, and was renewed this week. It will go into effect in three days' time.

The community of Ramat Gilad was built eight years ago in memory of Gilad Zer, a local security official who was murdered by Palestinian Authority terrorists.

Ramat Gilad resident Avi Lazer said local families were aware of the likelihood their homes would be destroyed. “We've seen that the government is ready to destroy outposts, and we know that we're at the top of the list,” he said.

Despite the thread of expulsion, locals remain hopeful, Lazer said. “We prepared a large concrete foundation just a few days ago, and we have more planned... We want to show them that as they destroy, we build.”

On Sunday morning, Defense Minister Ehud Barak referred to Ramat Gilad and other unauthorized Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria, saying, “We must deal with the 22 remaining outposts responsibly, first by exhausting the option of dialogue, and only then through the use of force.”

Letter to Obama: Don't Contradict the Will of G-d
As part of their effort to avoid further evictions, residents of the United Israel organization wrote to United States President Barack Obama and warned him not to encourage Israel to destroy outposts.

"You certainly know that you have been chosen as president of the United States of America by no one else than the King of all Kings, the G-d of Israel,” the letter began. It went on to state that the G-d of Israel gave the Land of Israel to the Jewish people and that the Land of Israel is the heart of the entire world.

"All the blessings, the life, the goodness, and the holiness that is coming from G-d to the world comes through the heart of the world. And only if the heart is healthy and full of life... if the people of the Bible are strong and healthy in all the land of the Bible – can the blessing of G-d, the life, the goodness, the holiness and the peace, come through the Temple, through Jerusalem,” the letter explained.

Only continued Jewish growth and settlement in Israel will allow blessings to flow through Israel to humanity as a whole, the group concluded. “You know deeply in yourself that G-d has chosen you in order to support Israel, if you want to, but not to pressure them to act against His will and to give away the land that He gave them,” they warned.

The group ended with a blessing for worldwide peace.