Bibi: No New Building Permits for Jews

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: or

In my previous article, I emphasized that terrorist orders come from the top - from Hamas, from Fatah, and from their Palestinian Authority (PA). Aside from the immediate purpose of killing and wounding Jews, the goal of the PA leadership is clear - to instill fear among the Jewish population so that Jews will be afraid to live in or even visit Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem.

Our response to the terrorists, aside from a strong offensive military response, should be that not only will we not run away, but that we will continue to rebuild the biblical heartland of Israel. Now is the time to be building new Jewish cities and towns in the mountains of Judea and Samaria, as well as strengthening the existing ones. However the message from Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu has been exactly the opposite. In a closed-door meeting with political leaders from Judea and Samaria, Netanyahu made it clear that he will not authorize any new building in response to the terrorism. Claiming the difficulty of dealing with European pressure and threats of United Nations resolutions, Bibi refused to allow new permits for Jewish building, despite the fact that he has authorized and forcefully pushed forward the construction of Rawabi, a new Arab city in Samaria.

This is the same Netanyahu that cynically ran after nationalistic voters of the Jewish Home party before the elections pleading for their votes. Yes, the same slick Netanyahu that praised the Jewish communities of the biblical heartland, before the elections, but now refuses to authorize the building of one Jewish home.

MK’s of the Jewish Home party should not fear Netanyahu’s empty threats to fire them for criticizing his obvious failure to fight terrorism and his absolute failure to build. Such pusillanimous be‎havior in refusing to build should be criticized forcefully by the elected representatives of the nationalist public. If Bibi’s current threats to fire them cause them to be silent, they will rightly be accused of clinging to their cushy ministerial posts, as the Jewish residents of Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem are harshly choked for lack of places to live.

Bibi’s discrimination against the Jews of the biblical heartland is shameful and his weakness towards Israel's enemies is pathetic. The policy of freezing new building for Jews is totally his (with the help of his sidekick Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon), but those in the Cabinet who silently acquiesce will share some of the blame. What is most disturbing is that the terrorists will hear the message loud and clear.