Vigil in Front of Prime Minister's House for Judea and Samaria
Women in Green is launching a vigil outside Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's house Sunday calling for the full implementation of Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria (Shomron).
The vigil, officially titled “Mothers say YES to the application of Israeli sovereignty over Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley," is part of a wider "sovereignty" initiative, and will be open to the public held every day from 9 am - 9 pm. The event is co-sponsored by Professors for a Strong Israel and Mattot Arim.
The goal: to increase awareness about the alternative option to Israel accepting the framework presented by US Secretary of State John Kerry, which would see Israel relinquishing control over parts of Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan Valley and potentially evicting Jewish families from their homes.
The alternative - annexation of Judea and Samaria - has been suggested time and again by Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett; a bill to annex the Jordan Valley was voted through last month by a ministerial cabinet.
The vigil seeks to bring annexation to the forefront, and express to the Prime Minister public support over the initiative, according to a release.
A statement from Women in Green reads,
The “Two States” plan is a recipe for the dissolution of Zionism and the destruction of the State of Israel, not only from the defensive point of view, but first and foremost, the moral one. This land is ours, we have returned after 2,000 years in exile to not only live in it, but to be sovereigns in our land. The offer to abandon parts of the homeland and Jewish inhabitants under Palestinian sovereignty is unjust, and it pulls the rug out from under our moral right to be in this land. An Israeli government that is freely willing to giving up sovereignty over Hebron, Nablus, Shilo and Beit El cancels the right to live in Tel Aviv and Haifa.
Not to mention the danger to the lives of the Jews who will be abandoned under Arab control. For a reminder of our experiences with this, look to the Hebron Massacre of 1929.
The grassroots group is using various means to publicize the event and grab the public's attention, by featuring guest speakers, uploading compilations of the day's events onto a YouTube channel, and spreading the compilations online via email, Facebook, and other platforms.
On Sunday, the vigil will feature solidarity visits from MK Orit Struk (Jewish Home), Professor Arieh Eldad, and Shosh Mesika, the wife of Samaria Regional Council head Gershon Mesika.
The vigil is yet another outcry against the US's plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which has met resistance not only for the public, but from the politicians from both sides themselves.
Last Wednesday, Thomas Friedman of the New York Times published some details of Kerry’s plan which, he said, will call for a phased Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria based on the 1949 lines, with "unprecedented" security arrangements in the strategic Jordan Valley.
The Israeli withdrawal will not include certain settlement blocs, but Israel will compensate the Arab side for this with Israeli territory. The deal will call for “Palestine” to have a capital in Arab East Jerusalem and to recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. It will not include any right of return for Palestinian refugees into pre-1967 Israel, Friedman said.
Jewish leaders later revealed that mutual recognition is another factor of the plan - with Israel recognizing a Palestinian state and the Palestinian Authority (PA) being forced to recognize Israel as the Jewish homeland - a condition the PA has already publicly refused to accept.
The public's outcry over the plan has been long and loud, with ongoing protests against the plan's preconditions - the release of 106 Palestinian Arab terrorists back into public life - and vigils, protests, and even mass prayer calls being held against Israel accepting the Kerry framework.
The outcries are expected to escalate in the light of Kerry's escalating threats against Israel if talks fail.