Ten Years Later: Bibi’s Gush Katif?

David Rubin,

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David Rubin
David Rubin is former mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He is founder and president of Shiloh Israel Children"s Fund, and the author of five books, including The Islamic Tsunami and his latest, More Sparks From Zion. For more info, click on these links: www.DavidRubinIsrael.com or www.ShilohIsraelChildren.org...

Ten years after the tragic destruction of Gush Katif and several other Jewish communities in Gaza and northern Samaria, destroyed by the Israeli government in violation of promises to the voters, Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have begun implementing another brutal destruction, this time a new neighborhood in Beit El.

In the latest disregard for freedom of movement for Jews, all roads leading to Beit El were blocked by the IDF and Border Police to prevent peaceful civil disobedience by the Jewish residents of Samaria and elsewhere, who came to protest the destruction. Arabs were allowed free passage.

The irony of this obvious failure to learn from history is that the homes in question have been undergoing a legalization process that was presented to the High Court of Justice, a process that was nearing completion. Both Netanyahu and Ya'alon now say that they don't want the destruction to happen, but actions speak much louder than words. Who sent the troops? Who sent the police? Who sent the bulldozers?

The mad rush to destroy the Beit El homes is but the latest chapter in Netanyahu and Ya’alon’s cynical undeclared war against Religious Zionism. Israelis remember well Netanyahu’s disingenuous pledges of support and new building permits for the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria before last year’s elections. It's also hard to forget the substantial number of votes that Netanyahu’s Likud received from many thousands of supporters of Religious Zionism, who believed Netanyahu’s false words.

Benjamin Netanyahu, who as Finance Minister under then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon cynically allowed the expulsion of 10,000 Jews to go forward in the summer of 2005, has betrayed this public once again, as the freeze on the granting of building permits to Jews continues. The panic that ensued before the elections, when it was feared that Yitzhak Herzog of the Zionist Union (Labor) might actually win, was unwarranted, not just because he wouldn’t have been able to piece together a coalition, but also because a building freeze by Herzog wouldn’t have been worse than a building freeze by Netanyahu. The current situation is that the Likud leadership has continued a defacto freeze on the granting of building permits for Jews in Judea and Samaria, while the Arabs are rapidly building Rawabi, a new city in Samaria, with full blessings and support from Netanyahu and Ya’alon.

if Netanyahu allows the destruction in Beit El, or any other destruction of Jewish communities for that matter, to go forward,  the Jewish Home, which is the only party in the governing coalition that specifically supports the rebuilding of Judea and Samaria, should seriously consider leaving the coalition, Zionism is, by definition, the rebuilding of the Land of Israel by the Jewish people.  An Israeli government that betrays Zionism by freezing Jewish building in the Land, while allowing Israel’s enemies to grow and expand has lost its right to exist.