A new online game outlines the dangers that would occur if Israel withdraws from Judea and Samaria as part of a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority. INN invites you to play.
In the game, presented by the Shomron Residents Committee on its website, the player chooses one of the following Jewish communities in Samaria: Peduel, Avnei Hefetz, or Mevo Dotan.
In yellow: 'Choose your Samaria community' (i.e. click one of the 3 words in white on the right, one written above the other, red roofs are actual locations in Eastern Israel's high ground)
Once the location is chosen, a picture of the community is shown and on the click of a mouse it changes to what the area would look like under PA control. The player is then given a choice of firing Kassam or Grad missiles (click picture of missile of your choice on lower right and then click red circle which launches it) from that area into major Israeli coastal cities (in white letters shown in actual location in Western Israel, along the Mediterannean).
Choose between a Kassam and a Grad rocket to fire at Israeli cities
The game shows online that rockets that would be launched from Peduel could reach Ben Gurion International Airport and the Israeli cities of Ramat Gan and Kfar Saba. Rockets that are launched from Avnei Hefetz could reach as far north as Netanya and Hadera, while rockets fired from Mevo Dotan could reach as far north as Kibbutz Ramat HaShofet.
Click here for the site. It is in Hebrew but you have our instructions above. To activate the game, don't click on the game itself but on the Hebrew line in red letters right below it which says "click here to activate" in Hebrew. Give it a try. Perhaps you will want to send it to President Obama and your local Congressman.
What Israelis Think
While expulsion of long-standing Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria as part of a peace agreement has always been a concern of residents and those who agree with them ideologically, the results of a survey published last week showed that public support for mass evictions of Jewish communities has dropped nearly 50%.
According to the data, the percentage of Israelis supporting a massive expulsion of Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria has declined to about 14% of the adult Jewish population.
The majority of respondents said Israel agreeing to ‘two states for two peoples’ would do nothing to resolve the conflict and would -- at best -- only provide a short-term solution.
The position of the current government under Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is unclear. While Netanyahu recently told the American Congress that Judea and Samaria are part of the ancient Jewish homeland where "our forefathers walked" and that the 650,000 Jews living there “are not ‘occupying’ the region,” he hinted that he is willing to agree to borders for a Palestinian Authority country that would place some Jews outside of Israel’s borders. He was not specific as to what that meant.