web analytics
July 25, 2014 / 27 Tammuz, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
IDC Advocacy Room IDC Fights War on Another Front

Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.



Conference Urges Israeli Sovereignty Over Judea And Samaria

Organizer Yehudit Katzover addressing participants at the Hebron Heritage Center next door to the Machpelah Cave.

Organizer Yehudit Katzover addressing participants at the Hebron Heritage Center next door to the Machpelah Cave.
Photo Credit: Women in Green

JERUSALEM – “It is not just Israel’s right to apply sovereignty to Judea and Samaria,” said Eran Bar-Tal, economics reporter for Makor Rishon, “but its obligation.”

This was the feeling of virtually all the participants and speakers at last month’s “Applying Sovereignty to Judea and Samaria” conference in Hebron. The only dispute among some of the speakers was whether to immediately apply Israeli sovereignty to all of Judea and Samaria (Yesha), or only to parts.

Both the program and the hall – the Hebron Heritage Center next door to the Machpelah Cave – were packed. No fewer than fifteen speakers addressed the hundreds of participants, including four pre-taped video appearances, as well as the two organizers, Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katzover of Women in Green.

The bottom line, as far as the conference participants were concerned: It’s time for Israel to put an end to the dangerous and barren talk of a Palestinian state in Eretz Yisrael and instead take mastery over the ownerless areas now under its control. The various experts in their respective fields explained how this course of action is indicated from the standpoints of Torah, international law, demographics, Israeli security, the well-being of both the Jewish and Arab inhabitants, and more.

Many speakers mentioned the recently released Levy Report that details the legal basis for Jewish settlement throughout Judea and Samaria. Cabinet Minister Rabbi Dr. Daniel Herskovitz and Knesset Member Tzipi Hotovely both called for the report to be made into law, meaning that all Israeli building and construction laws would be applied to Yesha in place of the military regulations that currently apply. In addition, land disputes in Yesha would be adjudicated in regular courts, and not in the Supreme Court or by the defense minister.

Rabbi Uziyahu Sharbaf, head of a kollel in Hebron, detailed the Torah basis for the demand for sovereignty in the entire Land of Israel. Scripture, he pointed out, shows that God chose the Land of Israel just as He chose the nation of Israel, and the latter cannot exist in its entirety if the former is not complete.

“Let’s not fall into the trap of what’s considered ‘practical,’” he proclaimed. “The deep truth is eternal. We must continue to redeem and build the land as much as we can, until the government of Israel realizes that it is its responsibility to redeem the entire land.”

Yoram Ettinger, consultant to Israeli legislators on U.S. policy and U.S.-Israel bilateral projects, made the case that the demographic “scare” is a bluff. Introduced by Matar as an “indefatigable optimist,” Ettinger responded, “Not at all; I’m simply a realist. The famous Jewish demographer in Herzl’s time, Simon Dubnow, tried to scare Herzl in 1898 by telling him that within a century there would be no more than half a million Jews in what is now Israel. Fortunately, Herzl did not listen… Today, as well, despite what we are often told, the demographics are in our favor.”

Ettinger said the number of Arabs between the Mediterranean and the Jordan are exaggerated by up to a million, due to double counting and counting of absentees.

MK Uri Ariel and Emanuel Shilo, the editor of the weekly B’Sheva newspaper, were among the minority who proposed not rushing to apply sovereignty over Yesha in its entirety but rather working in stages. Shilo said sovereignty should begin in the Jordan Valley.

“I don’t agree with those who say we should begin with the areas that everyone agrees will remain ours, such as Maaleh Adumim,” he said. “These places are part of our struggle, so why should we lose them and all their advantages in our fight for all of Yesha?

“We should rather start with places that stand to be at the center of negotiations. Netanyahu has already hinted that the critical Jordan Valley – our border with Jordan – will remain under ‘IDF control’ for a ‘number of years.’ He is not talking about forever, and he is not talking about Jews living there. The Jordan Valley must be our first battleground.”

Event organizer Yehudit Katzover of Kiryat Arba said it is time Jews stopped having to put out individual fires lit by those who believe Jews do not belong in Judea and Samaria: “At present, Beit El has to deal with Givat HaUlpena, Kiryat Arba has to worry about Jewish buildings legally purchased in Hebron, Eli has to take care of its homes deemed illegal – every community is left to its own devices. There must be one, comprehensive Israeli law that governs all of Israel.”

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

Please use the Facebook Tab below to leave your comment:

3 Responses to “Conference Urges Israeli Sovereignty Over Judea And Samaria”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I'm glad that you are beginning to speak of these areas as Judea and Samaria rather than the impersonal "West Bank". As embarrassed as I am to admit this, I never realized that the West Bank meant Judea. And I bet there are a lot of other people who are just as ignorant. Many more people will rally to Israel's side in this dispute once they realize what is at stake. Of course Israel has to retain Judea!

  2. Tex Guest says:

    HAD TO RE-POST……SOOOOO TRUE! BEEN SAYING IT FOR YEARS…HERE WE GO!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think now is the perfect time to declare sovereignty because of what just happened in Sinai and Gaza, and the rash of murderous attacks by Islamists throughout Africa all in the past week. And of course the rise of Islamists in Syria, funded by the U.S. and NATO. I don't think Israel should cower to 'world opinion' because that opinion has only gotten worse the more that Israel has capitulated. The new violence on Israel's borders and beyond is the clearest argument for expanding Israel's borders permanently.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...
Current Top Story
Hamas terrorists often misfire their rockets that explode in Gaza civilians areas.
‘Hamas Fired from UN School Area and Prevented Evacuation’ Says IDF
Latest News Stories
Eastern Jerusalem  Arabs clash with Israeli police.

Friday, the end of Ramadan, will show whether the Palestinian Authority wants to renew the intifada.

IDC APC covered with letters of support from children of Israel.

If you get the pun, let me know.

Hamas terrorists often misfire their rockets that explode in Gaza civilians areas.

Hamas committed two war crimes at once – firing from the area of the school and preventing civilians to evacuate.

Egyptian soldiers shot and killed a suicide bomber and blew up a vehicle loaded with Grad missiles, its military reported Wednesday. The suicide bomber was wearing a vest loaded with explosives while approaching the Kerem Shalom crossing. The truck with missiles and launchers was on the Egyptian side of border near Gaza. Since the fall […]

The number of rockets and missiles fired on Israel is decreasing, but the war is far from over.

Israel threatened to go disproportional on Gaza, if the FAA ban on US flights to Israel wasn’t rescinded.

Two people were injured in a mortar strike in the Eshkol region. One was hurt seriously, and the other was lightly injured. They were taken to Soroka hospital for treatment.

Hamas rockets exploded in the area, and there was heavy combat going on. UNRWA admits rockets hidden in their other schools have “gone missing.”

Chairman Avner Shalev: Countries must combat “expressions of anti-Semitism”

Israeli leaders say London has special responsibility to stand by Israel at this hour of need; Hammond: Israel right to defend self.

Finance, Economy ministries team up to support Israeli businesses struggling under weight of non-stop rocket fire.

New president to take office this evening; was elected June 10 following bitter campaign

Mrs. Beck took personal interest and was hands-on, sharing with her children, grandchildren, and others the wonderful values that she stood for.

Overnight clash leads dozens of Islamic heroes to surrender; many brought to Shin Bet for debriefing

Jewish communities from around the world have stepped up to support children from southern Israel who have lived their entire lives under the threat of missile attacks from Hamas freedom fighters in Gaza. (To quote the late comedian George Carlin: If firefighters fight fire, and crime fighters fight crime… what do freedom fighters fight? But […]

As Peres retires, Israel fights sour legacy: Insistence on setting policy in line with hopes, rather than with reality.

More Articles from Hillel Fendel
Rabbi Ephraim Laniado of Sao Paulo in the Jordan Valley

The secular town of Ro’i in the Jordan Valley has chosen a unique way to mark its 37th birthday: by building its first synagogue!

Nadia Matar (l) and Yehudit Katzover

While the UN had designated it for an Arab state, the Arabs did not accept the idea, choosing instead to make war on the newborn state of Israel.

Now that he’s free, it’s time to counteract Ostrovsky’s many inaccuracies and innuendos.

plans for a major coal-energy plant to be built in Ashkelon have basically been shelved.

Can Shoah studies actually help neutralize Arab hatred for Israelis?

Talk of a two-state solution, while widely prevalent, is largely irrelevant.

Hannah and her seven sons; Judith and the Greek commander she beheaded; the outnumbered but fearless Maccabees; the Jews who refused to give in to the decrees of the wicked Antiochus – Chanukah is a time for recounting historic deeds of self-sacrifice in the name of the God of Israel. The most recent one occurred in Israel on Dec. 1, a Shabbat.

How long does it take to write and publish a book? One recently released work took some eighty-four years to see the light of day in Jerusalem. But with its publication the Torah world has been blessed with a new, vowelized edition of the Torah Temimah, complete with the supra-commentary Meshivat Nefesh – a work begun in the 1920s by a prolific rabbi among whose works was a weekly column several decades later in The Jewish Press.

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/settlements-israel/conference-urges-israeli-sovereignty-over-judea-and-samaria/2012/08/01/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: