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‘Dream Road’ from Gush Etzion to Dead Sea May Explode Peace Talks

While Abbas insists that a Palestinian Authority state will include all of the Jordan Valley, Israel plans facts on the ground to dissect it with a “dream road” from Gush Etzion to the Dead Sea.
Gush-Etzion highway will revolutionize travel and tourism in Israel - and will burst Abbas' grand vision

Gush-Etzion highway will revolutionize travel and tourism in Israel - and will burst Abbas' grand vision

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Palestinian Authority-Israeli “peace talks” might be short-lived following the unveiling on Tuesday of a new Gush Etzion-Dead Sea highway Tuesday that would destroy Palestinian Authority ambitions to include all of the Jordan Valley and the Judean Desert in its planned future state.

While foreign and Israeli media reported that Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas  has made it clear there is no room for compromise on PA territorial demands in the area, two Cabinet ministers senior Knesset Member Avigdor Liberman toured the proposed route of the new highway, with work slated to begin in only four months.

News of the new west-east road, which would revolutionize travel and the tourist industry, has barely been reported, but once the Palestinian Authority gets a hold of it, it undoubtedly will demand that there is no sense in talking unless Israel calls off the bulldozers and asphalt trucks.

“Israel will not be present between us and Jordan,” Abbas said in Jericho  this week. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has consistently said that Israel will retain a presence in the Jordan Valley as a security measure.

Abbas on Sunday rejected an Israeli military presence, adding that he might consider an international force to back up PA security forces.

The planned $10 million highway makes mincemeat out of Abbas’ grand vision and could set off the fuse that would explode the PA-Israeli discussions that Palestinian Authority negotiators insist are going nowhere.

The route for the new road was unveiled during a tour of the area on Tuesday by Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, a strong Likud nationalist, Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir of Yisrael Beiteinu , and Liberman, chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee and leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu faction in the Likud party.

The highway would cut through “Area C,” determined by the Oslo Accords to be under Israeli control, and would carve through some of Israel’s most awesome natural areas.

Planners  claimed that the route was approved by environmental experts,  but any work that would scar the Judean Desert cliffs, parts of which are virgin area occupied only by wildlife, would meet a storm of protests from environmentalists.

The political story from the Palestinian Authority will be just as fierce, but comments by Israeli  officials touring the route Tuesday were full of enthusiasm and praise.

“I have been dreaming of this road for 20 years,” said Motti Dahaman, chairman of the Megillot Regional Council in the Dead Sea area north of Ein Gedi.

“This road is part of a vision or tourism and will connect Gush Etzion to the Dead Sea and Megillot with Jerusalem,”  He said. “The highway will make it easier form tourists form Bethlehem to come to the Dead Sea.” The highway if it can bridge the political divide, will cut travel time from Gush Etzion to the Dead Sea to only 27 minutes. Today, the only way to reach the Dead Sea, except by four-wheel vehicles, is via Jerusalem to the north or  Arad to the south, with travel time of nearly 90 minutes.

Gush Etzion Regional Council chairman Davidi Perl called the highway an “historic event” and added, “Today there are only two roads to the Dead Sea. The significance of this new highway is that it will bring the center of the country to the Dead Sea and encourage tourism there and in Gush Etzion and the Judean Desert.

The road would include the current Beit Shemesh-Gush Etzion route, which would be widened into a super highway, and it then would carve out a new path, over dirt roads, east of Efrat and then south east, bypassing virtually impassable cliffs.

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About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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26 Responses to “‘Dream Road’ from Gush Etzion to Dead Sea May Explode Peace Talks”

  1. Jamie Nachinson says:

    i like this plan !!

  2. It if wasn’t this, the damn Arabs would just find another excuse to walk away from the negotiating table. I don’t know why they’re even negotiating with Abbas. He only controls about 10% of the so-called Palestinian territory (Hamas controls Gaza) and he’s only holding on to that because of Israeli support.

  3. It if wasn’t this, the damn Arabs would just find another excuse to walk away from the negotiating table. I don’t know why they’re even negotiating with Abbas. He only controls about 10% of the so-called Palestinian territory (Hamas controls Gaza) and he’s only holding on to that because of Israeli support.

  4. AYR says:

    Re. the future of Israel –
    A computer model of Bais HaMikdash HaShlishi TVBB”A (the Jerusalem Temple of the Future) can be seen at:
    http://home.comcast.net/~a.rokach/Mikdash/V1.jpg
    and http://home.comcast.net/~a.rokach/site/?/page/Bais_HaMikdash_HaShlishi_TVBBA
     
    Made with professional software, it is based on RASHI [Yechezkel 40 - 43] as explained by the Tosafos Yom Tov in his Sefer “Tzuras HaBayis.”

  5. Tarek Saba says:

    Build a road back to Poland, I’ll help pay for it

  6. Tarek Saba says:

    Build a road back to Poland, I’ll help pay for it

  7. Tarek Saba says:

    Build a road back to Poland, I’ll help pay for it

  8. Not according to the Bible.

  9. Iris Frances Zaft says:

    Not according to the Bible.

  10. Rosa Alverio says:

    Good show Israel!

  11. Lloyd Bergner says:

    Onward and Eastward

  12. Israel from the River to the Sea!

  13. Yechiel Baum says:

    Are we required to ask the outside world for permission inside our own homes and homeland?

    Has anyone asked us about theirs?

  14. Yechiel Baum says:

    Are we required to ask the outside world for permission inside our own homes and homeland?

    Has anyone asked us about theirs?

  15. Lloyd Bergner says:

    Build , build , build

  16. Does "our homeland" include the West Bank?

  17. Michael D Blum And more

  18. David Bishop says:

    Michael D Blum
    Taking it Literally: The Biblical Boundaries of Israel
    By David Sedaca

    For the past few months, we have been following the news on the changing political landscape of the Arab world. In the middle of it all, the nation of Israel is standing strong – a nation that for 2,000 years was virtually "written off" by history. A nation and people that was scattered throughout the world for two millennia has taken center stage in world politics.

    As the partition of the Holy Land will soon be discussed yet again by the nations, one might ask: What is the actual land that rightly belongs to Israel? The key text for answering this question is found in Genesis 15:18-21,

    "On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, ‘To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates — the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girga****es and Jebusites.’”

    There are several key elements in this verse that we must consider. First, it is a covenant between God and Abram, and as such it cannot be abrogated by human effort. God indicated the terms of this covenant: The land that is promised was not given to Abram, but rather to his descendants. Although some may argue that this includes all of Abram's descendants, we know that the pact was passed on only to Isaac, then to Jacob (Israel) and his children. Abram did have other children, and the Ishmaelites are also descendants of Abram, but the Bible affirms that the covenant is passed through the son of promise – Isaac.

    The next key element of the promise is that the land given by God was going to be acquired at a future time. "To your descendants" has no time limit! Just because it has not yet been fulfilled does not mean that it will not be fulfilled in coming years. Quite the contrary, we see that Israel's history perfectly follows God's plan as indicated in Deuteronomy 30:2-4, including the dispersion due to disobedience and regathering into the land because of the unchanging nature of the covenant:

    "…and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. "

    Just a century ago, the modern State of Israel did not exist, and half of the world’s Jewish population was obliterated by the Nazi Holocaust just a generation ago. But today Israel stands strong among the nations. The prophet Isaiah asks in 66:8,

    "Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment?"

    The answer is YES! Not because of Israel's might, but because of God faithfulness to His covenant.

    What are the precise borders of the land promised to Abram’s descendants? The Lord makes them perfectly clear. Like any modern-day land purchase, the deed indicates the boundaries of the land given: from the Nile river (which is mainly modern Egypt and Sudan) to the Euphrates (modern-day Iraq).

    To ensure that there is no doubt about the land’s boundaries, Scripture also indicates the different groups of people that occupy it: "…the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girga****es and Jebusites.” We know that these peoples lived in what is today Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, part of Asian Turkey, and of course all of Israel, including Gaza and the West Bank.

    This fact adds another dimension to the promise: the Lord is giving to Abram's descendants land that is currently occupied by other nations! The question arises of how Israel will acquire this land – will she have to invade and conquer other countries? The text in Genesis 15 offers no indication that Israel will have to fight and conquer; therefore, the logical answer is that the Lord will see that the promise is fulfilled.

    The boundaries of the land promised to Abram's descendants is clearly indicated in the Bible, yet we know that Israel has never had control of the full extent of this land. The Lord never said when it will happen, but He does say that it will happen. I believe that after the final battles described in the Bible, when all the nations will rise against Israel, with the return of Jesus, Israel will prevail. The promise will be fulfilled with the establishment of His Messianic kingdom. If He has fulfilled every promise given thus far, we can be certain that He will fulfill those that remain – including all the land promised to Abram's descendants.

  19. David Bishop says:

    Michael D Blum
    Taking it Literally: The Biblical Boundaries of Israel
    By David Sedaca

    For the past few months, we have been following the news on the changing political landscape of the Arab world. In the middle of it all, the nation of Israel is standing strong – a nation that for 2,000 years was virtually "written off" by history. A nation and people that was scattered throughout the world for two millennia has taken center stage in world politics.

    As the partition of the Holy Land will soon be discussed yet again by the nations, one might ask: What is the actual land that rightly belongs to Israel? The key text for answering this question is found in Genesis 15:18-21,

    "On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, ‘To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates — the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girga****es and Jebusites.’”

    There are several key elements in this verse that we must consider. First, it is a covenant between God and Abram, and as such it cannot be abrogated by human effort. God indicated the terms of this covenant: The land that is promised was not given to Abram, but rather to his descendants. Although some may argue that this includes all of Abram's descendants, we know that the pact was passed on only to Isaac, then to Jacob (Israel) and his children. Abram did have other children, and the Ishmaelites are also descendants of Abram, but the Bible affirms that the covenant is passed through the son of promise – Isaac.

    The next key element of the promise is that the land given by God was going to be acquired at a future time. "To your descendants" has no time limit! Just because it has not yet been fulfilled does not mean that it will not be fulfilled in coming years. Quite the contrary, we see that Israel's history perfectly follows God's plan as indicated in Deuteronomy 30:2-4, including the dispersion due to disobedience and regathering into the land because of the unchanging nature of the covenant:

    "…and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. "

    Just a century ago, the modern State of Israel did not exist, and half of the world’s Jewish population was obliterated by the Nazi Holocaust just a generation ago. But today Israel stands strong among the nations. The prophet Isaiah asks in 66:8,

    "Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment?"

    The answer is YES! Not because of Israel's might, but because of God faithfulness to His covenant.

    What are the precise borders of the land promised to Abram’s descendants? The Lord makes them perfectly clear. Like any modern-day land purchase, the deed indicates the boundaries of the land given: from the Nile river (which is mainly modern Egypt and Sudan) to the Euphrates (modern-day Iraq).

    To ensure that there is no doubt about the land’s boundaries, Scripture also indicates the different groups of people that occupy it: "…the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girga****es and Jebusites.” We know that these peoples lived in what is today Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, part of Asian Turkey, and of course all of Israel, including Gaza and the West Bank.

    This fact adds another dimension to the promise: the Lord is giving to Abram's descendants land that is currently occupied by other nations! The question arises of how Israel will acquire this land – will she have to invade and conquer other countries? The text in Genesis 15 offers no indication that Israel will have to fight and conquer; therefore, the logical answer is that the Lord will see that the promise is fulfilled.

    The boundaries of the land promised to Abram's descendants is clearly indicated in the Bible, yet we know that Israel has never had control of the full extent of this land. The Lord never said when it will happen, but He does say that it will happen. I believe that after the final battles described in the Bible, when all the nations will rise against Israel, with the return of Jesus, Israel will prevail. The promise will be fulfilled with the establishment of His Messianic kingdom. If He has fulfilled every promise given thus far, we can be certain that He will fulfill those that remain – including all the land promised to Abram's descendants.

  20. David Bishop says:

    Incarcerate Abbas in the same prison as Morsi; both have one thing in common…Islamic Jihad and terror to all Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddists, and and anyone who is not Muslim, which includes most of the worlds population.

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