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Judea & Samaria Residents to U.S. Jewry: Come, See, Connect

Judea and Samaria residents appear in Silver Springs, Maryland speaking from the heart to Jewish Americans about the heartland of Israel.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 7/18/2011, 2:40 AM / Last Update: 7/18/2011, 4:14 AM

Prominent residents of Judea and Samaria were in the United States on Sunday to speak to Jewish Americans about the heartland of Israel.

The event took place at the Silver Springs Jewish Community Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. It included a reception, video presentations, and a Q&A session.

The speakers included Tommy Waller of HaYovel, a volunteer organization helping Jewish farmers; local rabbi Herzl Krantz who spoke on the topic of ‘What we can do for Israel’; Steve Goldberg, National Vice Chairman of the Zionist Organization of America, who spoke on the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria from a legal point of view; David Wilder, spokesman of the Hevron Jewish community on the topic of ‘Continuous Jewish residency in Judea and Samaria throughout history’; Trauma expert Ron Jager on the subject ‘Briefing on Terrorism and Trauma’; and David Ha’ivri, Executive Director  of the Shomron Liaison Office, who spoke on the topic: ‘Is there an alternative to two states? Is it too late?’

“We, the residents of Judea and Samaria, invite you to hear our stories about settling the land of our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – the ancient and historic land of the Jewish people,” the speakers' introductory statement said. “Come, see and hear about the miracle of rebuilding Judea and Samaria, Israel’s biblical heartland. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how the modern State of Israel has fulfilled so much of the Bible.”

Tommy Waller added, “We are bringing to the nations an understanding of how and why they need to stand with Israel. To come to hear and to smell and touch the soil where the stories where written.”

For example, "Maskiot is a small and controversial settlement. A spokesman from Condoleezza Rice came out very strongly about against it. This is just one of the projects the Zionist Organization of America is working on"  the Zionist Organization of America explained.

"At Gush Katif we saw a whole nation led into a false and deceiving agenda called land for peace", said Ron Jager. "No more." 
 
“That spot (Hevron) is one of the most important places there is in all of Israel,” said David Wilder. “It is written where Israel paid for the caves. Abraham bought the caves there at the gates of the city. It is very very possible that this is the very spot where Abraham bought the caves of Macpelah.We have positive proof that the Jews have lived here since the time of Abraham.

"People say, what can we do. In Israel today it is one of our primary goals to get people in to Hevron. They see this place and take the information and share it. Today the Arabs don't take us seriously. We need not only six million Jews in Israel but 12 million Jews in Israel."