And you shall tell your children - the vision of sovereignty

We found that many young Israelis are imbued with the ideals of sovereignty, without the "baggage" our generation carries. They don't accept the question mark over Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria.

Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katsover

OpEds After Amona destruction
After Amona destruction

Recently, we, at the Sovereignty Movement, had a delightful and refreshing experience. We set out in another hasbara campaign in city streets and traffic arteries, but this time, it was dozens of young people from all areas of the Land who led and conducted the campaign. The meeting with the young adults before, during and after the broad and comprehensive hasbara campaign showed us that there is a generation with broad shoulders that wants to be part of this generation’s mission, soberly facing the challenge of applying Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.

In our moving and delightful discussions with them, we saw a generation that had grown up without the complications of the past, a generation that does not understand or accept the anomaly that exists within the settlement enterprise and desires to act. The youths now volunteering, during the rising momentum of sovereignty, were born many years after the incident at the Park Hotel in Hevron, after the events at Sebastia, after the founding of Gush Emunim, after the uprooting of Yamit.

During the expulsion from Gush Katif they were, after all, only 4-5 years old. They are living as happy children who have known from the dawn of their youth that they must volunteer, contribute to society, share the burden, go to the most elite military units, and as they grow up they are beginning to understand that despite everything, they are living an absurdity – they are living in the State of Israel but their homes, their communities, do not totally belong. After seeing the uprooting of Amona, the destruction of Ofra and taking part in the struggle for the Nativ Ha'avot neighborhood of Gush Etzion, they are no longer willing to accept the situation.

“These young people do not understand how it is possible that the communities where they or their friends live are still on the negotiating table and that there is a question mark hovering over the fate of hundreds of homes. In their natural, healthy, Zionist and proud view, they do not even understand why Trump's decision is important. It is clear to them that there is no reason that the People of Israel should need any American president’s declaration about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel. They do not understand why we need to pay a political price for something that is totally obvious.

These youngsters volunteered and joined the Sovereignty Movement from all areas of the Land – from the Golan through Netanya, Petah Tikvah, Tel Aviv and to Dimona in the south. True partnership in the idea and the path to its fulfillment.

In a discussion with our wonderful young men and women we discovered that their point of view on the matter of sovereignty stems from a comprehensive view and caring about the future of the State of Israel as a whole. There were some who asked where exactly, would those who advocate expelling the settlers, move them to, if this delusional idea, Heaven forbid, came to pass – to the coastal plain, almost as densely populated as the Gaza Strip?

These young people are familiar with the entire Land from their many trips and hikes around the country and they understand that without settling the mountain ridge and the Jordan Valley, Israel would not have room to accommodate their generation and the generations after them. The expanses of the Negev, they know, are defined in the official National Outline Plan as a nature preserve that will not become cities and communities. For them, the Land of Israel is one inseparable unit. It is one unit historically, geographically and ecologically.

They were born into this natural and vital understanding. Their view is not sectorial. They look to the future and know that in 2048 they will be 40- 50 years old. The population in the Land will stand at about 20 million people and for the future generations we will need comprehensive planning for the expanses of the Land, without the political or diplomatic complications that affected many among the mature and senior generation.

The chain of the vision of sovereignty continues to a young and wonderful generation, which, from its innate sense of responsibility, sees far and deep.