At the 'Returning to Gaza' event
At the 'Returning to Gaza' eventCourtesy of the Nachala Movement

1000 people from all sectors of the Israeli population, including families who are pioneering new settlements, came to Ashdod last Wednesday for a historic conference titled, "Returning to the Gaza Strip."

Many public figures attended the Returning to Gaza conference, among them Rabbi Avi Schreiber; Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council; Eliyahu Libman, head of Kiryat Arba Council; Daniella Weiss, head of the Nachala movement; MK Limor Son Har-Melech; MK Tally Gotliv; and MK Ariel Kallner.

Among the groups planning to return to Gaza were representatives of a haredi settlement group, whose constituents demonstrate a deep connection and love for the Land of Israel.

This unique conference, historically the first of its kind, was organized by the Nachala movement, in tandem with other organizations calling for the return to Gaza. These organizations include Kommemiyot, Ribonut, End Gaza, Ariel, Uri Yisrael, and more.

Eliyahu Libman, head of the Kiryat Arba council, referred to his son Elyakim, who is being held captive in Gaza: "The pit is empty without water, but snakes and scorpions there are aplenty. Instead of populating Gaza with Jews who love the land of Israel, it's been populated with snakes and scorpions who brutally murder in the Land of Israel."

During the conference, Shmuel Gazit, the land administrator for the Nachala movement, presented plans for the next phase of Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip.

Daniella Weiss, the director of the Nachala movement, gave an inspiring address on the historical hour: "During these difficult times when the nation of Israel is waging war, it's uplifting to see how national morale is sky-high, and how the huge public awakening to rebuild and resettle the Gaza Strip is spread throughout all sectors. Everyone understands today that without settlement, there can be no security. Inhabiting Gaza with a Jewish population is an essential part of Israel's security strategy."

"The public who is here tonight testifies to the large number of enquiries we've received from all over Israel. Many people want to be a part of the historic rebuilding and settlement in Gaza."

Lital Slonim, head of the Political Desk and Public Relations in the Nachala Movement, spoke about the link between security and Jewish settlement: "These days, many people already understand the connection between living securely in the land of Israel, and encouraging Jewish settlement in Judea, Samarua, the north and the south. It's already been proven beyond the shadow of a doubt, that in order to provide national security to the entire country, we need to ensure Jewish settlement. Rabbis, members of the Knesset, and over 1000 attendees have demonstrated overwhelming sovereign support for reclaiming and resettling the Gaza Strip."

"Now more than ever, it's time for the Jewish people to renew our historical ties with the western strip called Gaza."

MK Tally Gotliv emphasized the strategic importance of embracing the entire land of Israel: "Our enemies do not desire life. The only thing that matters to these murderers is their perception of the land. I call upon our government to immediately establish a security wall and tower in the northern strip of Gaza. A right-wing government that doesn't create a discourse referring to the entire Land of Israel is not right-wing."

MK Ariel Kallner spoke about moving beyond Oslo: "Everyone is talking about a concept that has fallen apart. The root of all evil that we've experienced is the misconception of Oslo followed by the disengagement from Gush Katif, and followed by the perception that Jewish settlement is a security burden. It's essential that we uproot these misconceptions from their roots and return to Zionist values."

"In enemy eyes, everyone is a settler. According to our enemies, we don't have any right to existence. The only way to subdue and conquer this evil is to encourage and enable Jewish settlement throughout all of Israel."

The Nachala Movement emphasized that "in the book of Judges after G'd gave Gaza to the tribe of Judah, they did not succeed in driving out all those inhabitants who had chariots of iron. Fast-forward 3000 years, and the people of Israel are engaged in a war in Gaza called Swords of Iron. With G'd's help, the nation of Israel will overcome her enemies and reestablish sovereignty in Gaza."