Haetzni: They can't buy us with money

Prominent Yesha figure rejects government aid to Kiryat Arba: 'If it redeems land that will go to Arabs, I'll pass on the money.'

Benny Toker,

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Former MK and Yesha leader Elyakim Haetzni, of the Judean town of Kiryat Arba, rejected the initiative of the government to strengthen Kiryat Arba and the Jewish community in Hevron with 50 million shekels.

"You can't buy us with 50 million nor with 500 million. My heart aches. If that money is used to redeem land that will in the end go to Arabs, then I'll pass on the money."

According to Haetzni, it's been years now since the Israeli government has built in the municipality of Kiryat Arba, for fear of infringing on Palestinian land. "Hills 26 and 28 are state land, as determined by the Supreme Court, they belong to the municipality of Kiryat Arba. The year Hallel Ariel HY"D was born, Nati (Netanel) Ozeri was murdered in his home on Hill 26, Shabbat eve, at point-blank range.

"Several days later police came and removed his family from the hill. Hill 18 is also state land, but they don't settle it, because it is thirty meters from Kiryat Arba and in between is an Arab olive grove. The government suggested that we build a bridge there but in the end they changed their mind, since a bridge would create shade and take light from the olive trees.

"They destroyed the home of Uzi Sharbaf a couple weeks ago because it went over the line a couple millimeters, and God forbid that we should take even a millimeter from the Palestinian State.

Haetzni also points to the Cave of the Patriarchs and the "House of Peace," where Jews also may not live despite the houses being bought legally. "This cynical harassment is beyond words."

He called on the Prime Minister to stop making excuses, and to repair the injustice. "Netanyahu obeys the American dictates. Our ghetto remains closed and the Arabs continue to build.

"Therefore I call on Netanyahu today, the answer to terror is to put up ten caravans on Hill 18 and Hill 26, that's the answer to murderers. As long as that's not happening, don't bribe us with your money. The land of Israel is not for sale."


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