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Will Good Fences Make Good Neighbors in Beit Shemesh?

None of the security fences around the world look like this fence which can barely contain livestock.

None of the security fences around the world look like this fence which can barely contain livestock.
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The idea of splitting Beit Shemesh into two municipalities is gaining traction.

Richard Peres, the Beit Shemesh city councilor, has been an outspoken advocate for splitting Beit Shemesh, for at least ten years.

When I first heard the idea from Richard, I felt that this otherwise grounded veteran politician, was losing touch with reality.

The idea seemed too far-fetched to have any practical application.

The highly contentious re-call municipal election campaign is now over, and Moshe Abutbul the incumbent mayor, has been re-elected, if by a wafer-thin majority. Furthermore, the mayor now has a workable majority coalition, with 10 of the 19 councilors firmly allied with Abutbul.

Rather than licking their wounds, and taking time off to recuperate from the double-campaigns in October 2013 and March 2014, the Zionist camp, now in opposition, is directing its energies to reviving the dusty plans to split the municipality into two.

The plan’s proponents are claiming that the time has come to formally recognise the “unsuccessful” relationship between the chareidi and Zionist populations. They are calling for a peaceful divorce.

Gideon Saar, the Interior Minister, has been reported to have been reviewing the possibility of splitting Beit Shemesh for several months, along with a parallel proposal from the city of Sefad.

Several MKs are reported to be promoting the concept at the government level, probably including Beit Shemesh MK Rabbi Dov Lipman – who has the ear of his Yesh Atid colleagues, including Yair Lapid.

This week, a petition was posted to split the city, with ‘only’ 1556 votes in favour (as of writing this article):

This Tuesday night, a demonstration was called by activists in Beit Shemesh to promote the partition plan.

The idea will certainly require many details to be worked out, even if it were to be universally accepted in principle. Which it isn’t.

For example, I live in Ramat Beit Shemesh Aleph, in the sole area coloured purple on the (inaccurate) election results map below, indicating a mix of Eli Cohen (zionist) and Moshe Abutbul (Chareidi) supporters.

"inaccurate" Beit Shemesh election results map.

“inaccurate” Beit Shemesh election results map.

Would my neighbors and I be in the local equivalent of West Berlin, in the new plan?

Or, as I am National Religious, would I be encouraged to move my house into the Zionist Beit Shemesh?

About the Author: David Morris has been nominated for the President of Israel's Prize 2010. He is an entrepreneur in the fields of charity and electro-optics; Established Lema'an Achai ("For My Brothers"), the innovative community social services charity in Ramat Bet Shemesh, "Magen", the Bet Shemesh Child Protection Agency, and "Yad LeYedid" (A Hand to a Friend) charity helping impoverished families in Jerusalem. His day-job as Owner/CEO of Scitronix Ltd is marketing sophisticated electro-optical products to high tech industries in Israel. David is the proud dad of six amazing children, and luckiest-husband-in-the-world of Julie Morris.


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