Gush Etzion Head: We Deserve Mail Like Tel Aviv

Gush Etzion residents are not second-class citizens, said Davidi Perl - and a mail strike causing them suffering must be resolved.

Moshe Cohen ,

Israel Postal Service mailboxes
Israel Postal Service mailboxes

For nearly two weeks, there has been no mail delivery in most of Judea and Samaria – and residents of Gush Etzion have had enough, Gush Etzion Regional Council head Davidi Perl said Sunday. The lack of mail delivery is the result of an ongoing strike by postal workers in the “Doar-Na” service, which serves most of the smaller towns in Judea and Samaria where there is no post office.

Despite the popularity of e-mail and electronic money transfers, many people still depend on the mail for checks, medical documentation for tests and treatment, invitations to events and more. Protesting the ongoing strike, Perl dashed off a letter to the Minister of Communications, Gilad Erdan, attacking him for his failing to more aggressively deal with the situation, which has caused problems for tens of thousands of families across the country.

Perl noted in his letter that "for more than ten days, postal workers have been on strike, with tens of thousands of residents of Gush Etzion waiting in vain for documents and letters, ranging from payments for services, medical reports, and various products purchased over the internet.

"I know that you recognize and appreciate all the settlements in Judea and Samaria, and Gush Etzion in particular,” Perl wrote, “but I must emphasize the suffering of the residents of Gush Etzion and many other Israelis that has been caused by this strike.”

Perl demanded that Erdan do something to end the strike "Gush Etzion residents are not second-class citizens. This should be resolved as quickly as it would be if there were a strike in Tel Aviv,” he added.