Minister Shaked, Let Hevron Grow!

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House ( and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives ( He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

There has been a lot of angry criticism recently emanating from the "right-wing" sector.  The overwhelming bulk of this criticism has been directed at Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Trump. Feelings of anger and disappointment over a perceived lack of support for development in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem are seemingly rampant. Betrayal. Treachery. Dishonesty. Etc. 

I personally think its a little early for all these extreme feelings. Seems to me that a little patience is in order.  I admit, I could be totally wrong and things could be taking a turn for the worse, but with the recent public announcement of the intention to build the first Government-supported legal Jewish Community in Judea and Samaria in 25 years, I think we shoud wait this one out a little more before summoning the likes of the "pulsa d'nura". 

However,  I do think there is a place to apply some serious critical pressure right now - Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. Why on earth has the absurd investigation against the purchases of Beit Leah and Beit Rachel in Hevron not been closed?!!! There is every reason to believe that the rest of the Government officials necessary tio approve will allow Jews to move into their obviously legally-purchased properties once the criminal case is closed - even Avidgor Lieberman - a huge disappointment in general! 

Why must we continue to wait?!!! How amazing would it be for the tens of thousands of Jews visiting Hevron this Chol Hamoed Pesach to be able to visit the new properties and see the strengthening of the Jewish Presence before their very eyes!!! Its not Trump and its not Bibi! Its one of our very own "right-wing" politicians! 

Those in glass houses.....We got to do what we go to do. Everything else will work out just fine! Hoping to see everyone INSIDE redeemed properties in Hevron this Chol Hamoed! 

Chag Kosher v'Sameach!

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem