Avraham Fried, ‘Samaria Jews are Our Heroes’
Popular hassidic singer Avraham Fried made an appearance in Karnei Shomron in Samaria (Shomron) this week, drawing a crowd of approximately 1,300.
“The last time I was here was 17 years ago, a long time,” Fried told his audience. “But thank G-d, I’m here with you this evening in Karnei Shomron, praise G-d!”
He expressed special joy at appearing in Samaria. “It gives me strength, and I hope it gives the locals here strength. They are our heroes, they are protecting the holy land of Israel.”
One of the audience members enjoying Fried’s music was MK Nissan Slomiansky of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party, who heads the Knesset’s Finance Committee.
“We all remember how passionate we were in settling Samaria, the excitement, the sacrifice we made. What don’t we do to settle our land? Thank G-d, we’re settled, we’re here for decades already… But we must not lose the passion,” Slomiansky said.
“Our land still calls to us, most of our land remains desolate, we did not settle it… They are still negotiating, still talking about two states… It depends on us, and we must not become complacent,” he continued.
“If we continue with the same effort we had when we first came [to Samaria] we can keep settling and building and nobody will be able to stop us.”