The same reasoning can explain Netanyahu’s weak-kneed response to this week’s destruction of Migron, just a 15-minute drive from northern Jerusalem. Netanyahu no doubt would rather not risk world wrath, or the wrath of Ehud Barak, at a time like this. In Migron’s case, it may turn out to the nationalist camp’s benefit, even without factoring in Iran: The dismantling of Migron has already led to the construction of two new Jewish neighborhoods in southern Samaria: one in Adam, just a few minutes away from N’vei Yaakov in Jerusalem, and one named Givat HaYekev, just a few kilometers further. In addition, Migron itself is likely to once again become a thriving Jewish town itself after the documentation of Jewish purchase of properties there is reviewed and approved.
We are writing about bombing Iran as if it were an academic issue – but it may very soon prove to be quite genuine and concrete. Let us pray that the world is rid of the Amadinajad threat and that Israel is once again saved from its enemies.
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Chaim Silberstein is president of Keep Jerusalem-Im Eshkachech and the Jerusalem Capital Development Fund. He was formerly a senior adviser to Israel’s minister of tourism. Hillel Fendel, past senior editor at Israel National News/Arutz-7, is a veteran writer on Jerusalem affairs. Both have lived in Jerusalem and now reside in Beit El.