A dedication ceremony was held on Wednesday in two new neighborhoods in the Samaria (Shomron) community of Har Bracha. Arutz Sheva was there.
The new neighborhoods include 64 housing units which were built using high-density construction. All 64 units have been sold.
The ceremony was attended by Rabbi Zalman Melamed of Beit El, Rabbi Dov Lior of Kiryat Arba, Education Minister Gideon Saar, the head of the Shomron Regional Council Gershon Mesika, Yesha Council chairman Danny Dayan, Shomron Residents’ Committee chairman Benny Katzover, and Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, Har Bracha’s rabbi and the head of its flourishing yeshiva.
“We’re strengthening this community significantly” with the two new neighborhoods, Education Minister Saar told Arutz Sheva. “In our view it’s not only strengthening this community. It’s strengthening our position in the land of Israel and our presence here.”
“Ultimately, we believe that settling Judea and Samaria protects all of Israel,” he said. “It protects the residents of Kfar Saba, Netanya, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem. I think this has been proven and therefore we’re coming to strengthen the residents, both the long time residents as well as the new ones.”
Saar rejected the idea of Israel giving up land in Judea and Samaria as part of a future peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority, saying land concessions do not work.
“I think that the perception of promoting peace by evacuating Jews from the land of Israel is wrong,” he said. “It’s not a perception that has promoted peace and it’s not necessary. Peace doesn’t have to entail vacating Jews from their homes.”
Rabbi Zalman Melamed blessed the community members on the dedication of the new neighborhoods and said, “I want to wish everybody that, with G-d’s help, these buildings will stand forever and that in time you will need even more neighborhoods and that Har Bracha will become a major city in Israel, as it was in Jewish history. We’re certain this will happen, but our only request is that it happens quickly.”