Hundreds of Jews celebrated Sukkot Friday Chol HaMoed in Adurayim, an army base in the southern Hebron Hills abandoned a few months ago.
The event was organized by Women for Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green) and the Judea Action Committee, who have been active in Adurayim on an almost weekly basis for the past several months.
Rabbi Dov Lior, Rabbi of Kiryat Arba-Hevron, spoke on the current political situation and contended there is no possibility of making peace with the Arabs. Each time Israel's government capitulates to Arab demands, he said, “it hurts our national honor.”
Member of Knesset Aryeh Eldad, who also spoke, said that weakness showed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu [in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority] is negative because "it can lead to tragic capitulations."
On the other hand, he added, “his weakness shows he bows under pressure and thus pressure from the right could have results.” Eldad urged the national camp to pressure Netanyahu on all fronts: by building, and taken action in the Knesset. “It has to be made clear to Netanyahu that if he strays away from the path, he will fall,” he said.
Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick spoke about Talya and Yitzhak Imas, murdered several weeks ago in a terror attack by Hamas operatives near the Bani Nayim junction on Highway 60, between Pene Hever and Kiryat Arba/Hevron. The couple “used to come to Adurayim on a regular basis, as they did in Netzer, Shdema and of course, on the Temple Mount,” he said. Rabbi Glick ended his talk with the prayer and hope that in Adurayim a Jewish community would soon be built and filled once more with new Jewish life.
The entrance to Adurayim on Friday was decorated with Israeli flags from the main road (that leads to Otniel) to the army base. By the end of the event, however, many of the flags had been stolen.
“This is not the first time in Adurayim that the Arabs have taken down our flags and road signs,” said an organizer. “The Arabs in this area are even more hostile than in other areas and upon seeing the army abandon Adurayim a few months ago, they
understood this as a message from the government that Israel plans on leaving the area. The return of the activists to Adurayim on a weekly basis has thwarted their plans and dreams.”
Organizers emphasized the importance of continuing the activities in Adurayim and the return of a Jewish presence there. “The hundreds of people who came to Adurayim on Friday with their children said exactly that,” said one. “We are here and we will fight for this place.”
Children who participated in the event enjoyed the inflatables, and loved the art class by Yehudit Eisenberg in which they painted the Temple and the Machpela Cave. All all had fun receiving balloons in different shapes with Elazar Brandt, while adults enjoyed listening to a concert by famous clarinet player Mussa Berlin and his children.