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The Threat to Peace

The Threat to Peace

Photo Credit: November 19, 2013 photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90

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The home of Itay Zar in the Jewish settlement of Havat Gilad is under construction.

Havat Gilad is located on land that was privately purchased and owned by Moshe Zar, who’s been buying land from Arabs since 1979. After his son Gilad, a security coordinator for the Shomron Regional Council, was shot and killed in 2001, Moshe Zar vowed to establish six settlements in his son′s memory, one for each Hebrew letter of his name.

Havat Gilad is considered an unauthorized outpost by the Israeli government and is on a list of outposts that Israel promised the U.S. to dismantle. It has been dismantled, in fact, many times, but those pesky settlers always come back and rebuild it.

Hence the recent construction on Itay Zar’s home.

Havat Gilad map

Mind you, the reason this outpost is illegal is not because the folks who live there are breaking any laws. It’s because the map of an imagined future peace deal that creates a two-state solution to the Arab-Jewish conflict assigns it to the Arab side.

And according to the laws of the imagined Arab state to some day be established there, Jews are not allowed to live anywhere inside its boundaries.

According to Ha’aretz, UN political chief Jeffrey Feltman warned the Security Council Tuesday that chances of peacefully ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be “irreparably damaged” unless steps are taken to prevent new Israeli settlement building and other “negative developments.”

Presumably, those negative developments are people being caught LWJ (Living While Jewish).

Ask yourself, how come there is no discussion between the two sides over the status of Jewish settlers wishing to become residents in the new, imagined Palestinian State? They could be like Jews in New Jersey, or Manchester, or Shanghai, or anywhere else that’s not within the State of Israel. Why is that option not even contemplated?

Because they don’t want no Jews there, that’s why. Like in Saudi Arabia and most other Arab states.

And that, you see, is legal.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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  1. Dror Zar says:

    Best of luck to Itay!!

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