'Will the left defend Samarian children, too?'

The Rabbi of Ofra points out the hypocrisy of the left in refusing to also defend the welfare of children living in Samaria.

Shimon Cohen,

Standing guard in Judea and Samaria
Standing guard in Judea and Samaria
Nati Shohat/Flash 90

The rabbi of the community of Ofra in Samaria, Rabbi Avi Gisser, addressed, in an interview with Arutz Sheva, the State's withdrawal of the zoning permit previously granted to his community - based on Palestinian Arab claims to ownership of 45 acres currently being used by the community.

The rabbi first challenged the leftist groups pressing claims against the community's ownership of the land. "On this land," he said, referring to the 45 acres in question, "lies a treatment center for children with special needs. Let's see the left defend this special needs center with all its might," he said, exposing the hypocrisy of leftist organizations' adamant defense of the welfare of the children of illegal infiltrators in the face of Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman's decision to cancel IDF volunteering with them.

Regarding proper channels to be taken in response to the danger of the cancellation of the zoning permit, Rabbi Gisser said, "there's only one direction in which to go; communities that were established with official permission must be allowed [to continue] by force of law, and they need to stop bothering these communities on a daily basis.

"The reply of the State in the matter of the land-use permit is pathetic, and just goes to show how little decision-makers can help. They are helpless in the face of legal nitpicking," he said, emphasizing that although "they were chosen to lead the State, to forge a way, [...] instead they act as though somebody tied their hands behind their back."

The rabbi noted that Ofra is geared and ready to embark on a public campaign to bring decision-makers to act according to what is demanded from them. "Ofra is the flagship of the future of settlement in Samaria," he said.

When the rabbi was asked if he could pin the source of the State's ambivalence towards the future of his community on a specific body, he was careful not to, although he did bring attention to the behavior of certain sources in the Civil Administration that, time and time again, work to delay and halt any building plans, even when they are approved by the Supreme Court.

The rabbi cited plans for a wastewater purification facility that the Supreme Court approved even though it was, according to the Court, to be built on private land, and which was approved by the State, but whose plans were, nevertheless rejected by the Civil Administration.

"It appears that there are sources in the Civil administration who don't hear the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense [...] and this is already the [leadership's] problem," he said.




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