Bibi vs. the Children

It all boils down to whether you want to stand for the rights of these children to feel secure, Prime Minsiter Netanyahu.

David Rubin

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The Ulpana legislation is not just a legal issue; it’s a human rights issue!

In a remarkable quote from an interview with Israel National News on the eve of the proposed destruction of his home, Baruch Kitay, a resident of the threatened Ulpana neighborhood in Bet El, said that “A home is memories and love, families and children.”

To me, this simple statement defines the true nature of the debate over the proposed legislative bill to legalize the newer Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

My children know every corner of our backyard and every path leading down the hill from our home to the local school. For children, a home represents emotional security and any talk of home destruction creates psychological trauma in children, trauma that is magnified and multiplied when the actual destruction takes place.

In the Jewish communities of Gaza, several thousand children whose homes were destroyed by their own government were emotionally raped and the scars remain to this day.

The proposed legislation is designed to override an unjust Supreme Court ruling, which has the effect of denying the human rights of tens of thousands of children to happiness and dignity.

In any human and democratic legal system, the United States being a prime example, there are checks and balances, and the legislature often needs to override a ruling of the judiciary, for the sake of fairness and justice.

This is such a case, as it is not just the small Ulpana neighborhood that is being threatened. If the proposed legislation is not passed, some tens of thousands of children from many communities will be facing the trauma of Gush Katif, due to the dogmatic rigidity of a political leadership that apparently is immersed in the idol worship of a self-anointed Supreme Court, which has run wild in its assault on “the settlers”.

The proposed legislation would, in effect, legalize these approximately 5-15 year old communities that were built with unofficial government approval, sanction, and support.

Bibi’s fear-mongering claim that an Israel that would support such legislation would open itself up to fierce international criticism is actually true, but that is why we elected him, to stand tall with his powerful communication skills, as our leader.

We the people have a right to expect that Prime Minister Netanyahu of the Zionist, Jewish state will stand up to the world and defend our legitimate, legal right to our historic, biblical heartland.

The true test will come this week as the legalization bill is brought before the Knesset. The hundreds of thousands of children and their parents who live in Judea and Samaria will be carefully watching each and every Likud minister and all of the others to see how they vote.

If they don’t vote for this bill, their past verbal pledges of support will have been proven totally meaningless.

And we will not forgive nor will we forget.