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Gush Katif Evacuees to Build 'Bnei Dekalim' in East Lachish

Former residents of Gush Katif are planning to build a new community in the East Lachish region, to be named “Bnei Dekalim.”
By Chana Ya'ar and Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 7/17/2012, 12:23 PM

Former residents of Gush Katif are planning to build a new community in the East Lachish region, to be named “Bnei Dekalim.”

Co-founder of the new town, Yechezkel Frucht, told Arutz Sheva in an interview this week, “We want to settle here, to renew the Israeli history in this area.” 

The region, in fact, has a rich Biblical background. “Joshua Ben Nun was the first who came to the area and conquered all these places,” Frucht said.

Moreover, the new town will be strategically placed for other reasons. “Elon and Hevron are each one kilometer from this location,” he said.

The site is located halfway between Gush Katif and Jerusalem, he added, and precisely at the elevation mid-point as well.

"It is very symbolic,” he said. "When the chosson (bridegroom) breaks the glass under the chuppah, he says 'If I forget thee, O Jerusalem...' on the one hand, he will say simultaneously here, Jerusalem, and Gush Katif on the other.”

Some 10,000 Jewish men, women and children were forced from their homes and businesses in Gush Katif and northern Samaria in the Israeli government's Disenegagement from Gaza in 2005.

At that time, the IDF was withdrawn from Gaza as well, in a move that Israeli politicians assured their constituents would "end the rocket fire" on southern Israeli communities.

Instead, attacks by Gaza terrorists have since increased exponentially in both frequency and range, and greenhouses that were left intact to give Palestinian Authority Arab farmers "an extra bonus" instead were destroyed by the hordes who invaded the towns within hours after their Jewish residents were expelled.