Diaspora Minister Yankelevich:
'Gush Etzion is our ancestral inheritance; citizens must live under Israeli sovereignty'

Diaspora Minister visits Kol Ami prep school at Migdal Oz and Gush Etzion Heritage Center.

Mordechai Sones ,

Yankelevich with Yesha heads
Yankelevich with Yesha heads

The Gush Etzion Regional Council today hosted newly appointed Minister of Diaspora Affairs MK Omer Yankelevich for a tour and work meeting.

The morning started with a tour of the Kol Ami World Bnei Akiva Mechina in Migdal Oz, in conjunction with The Jewish Agency. 100 students currently study there, with over 1,000 students who have attended the institution, with some entering the IDF, others making Aliyah and integrating into Israeli society, while some serving as unofficial ambassadors for Israel in various communities throughout the Diaspora.

Later in the day the Minister and her team continued to the Gush Etzion Heritage Center, which tells the story of the fall of the Gush leading to the establishment of the State of Israel, along with the subsequent return to the Gush after the Six Day War. The Minister was visibly moved by the presentation.

Afterwards the Minister held a meeting with Gush Etzion Regional Council Head Shlomo Ne’eman.

While taking in the views of the Coastal Plain down below from a beautiful outlook near the Mayor’s office, Minister Yankelevich said, ”Standing here it is clear why Gush Etzion is a strategic security asset for the State of Israel. But first and foremost, it is important to say that Gush Etzion along with all of Judea and Samaria are part of our ancestral land. Many stories from the Bible took place in Gush Etzion, from the story of our Patriarchs to King David, the prophets, the Maccabees, the fighters from the times of Bar-Kochba, and more. The Israeli public should appreciate those who live here.”

At the end of the visit Shlomo Ne’eman added, “We were delighted to host our friend Minister Omer Yankelevich. She is an enlightened Minister who knows her role and will be working hard on behalf of the State of Israel. We hope that we will soon see the fruits of our collaboration. We wish the Minister great success in her position and that the next time we meet in Gush Etzion, the Gush will be an official and indispensable part of the State of Israel.