Hundreds of people have been participating in a three-day march from central Israel towards the outposts of the Shomron, in a show of support for these communities and their connection to the land of Israel.
The march is taking place during the first nine days of the month of Av which conclude with the Fast of Tisha B’Av, a fast which marks the day of the destruction of the Holy Temples but also marks the sin of the Ten Spies who spoke slander against the land of Israel. Marches such as this, which express love for the land, are a rectification of this sin.
“We are using the same words spoken by Joshua and Caleb more than 3,000 years ago because there are similarities between the difficulties of those days and the difficulties that we encounter today,” leading Land of Israel activist Daniella Weiss told Arutz Sheva. “The twelve heads of the tribes had all the reasons in the world to give the description of a beautiful land. The country was waiting for the people of Israel to return after the long days of slavery in Egypt. Yet, instead of taking this opportunity, ten out of the twelve delegates said that they were frightened by the people who are in the land, by the cities, by the fortresses, and the impact of their description of the land of Israel was such that people started crying.
“Only two people, Joshua and Caleb, said that the land is very good and we can cope with the difficulties,” added Weiss.
And how is this similar to today?
“Today we have a beautiful land,” said Weiss. “Everything is prosperous, we have a good economy and all the reasons in the world to be satisfied. Yet the leaders want to cut the land in two and this influences many people.
“Unfortunately, in the demonstrations in Tel Aviv people are lamenting and complaining,” she added. “We march to Shomron and we say [to the people of Tel Aviv]: ‘Let’s go to the mountains of the Shomron. You’ll have beautiful apartments, a beautiful climate, and you will live in an entirely different atmosphere in the fullest sense of the world.’”