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B”H, BS & BB

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

B”H – Baruch HaShem, Thank God. Yesterday was an overwhelming success. Some 25,000 people visited the city and participated in the Music Festival. Add on 10,000 the day before, and anther few thousand today and tomorrow. That’s almost 40,000 people in Hebron.

Of course, the murder of Gal Kobi HY”D, the Israeli soldier shot and killed is a tragedy that never should have happened. It will be difficult to console the family. Why should a twenty year old man be shot and killed by an Arab sniper? Only because he was Jewish, Israeli, and serving in the IDF, assisting to protect others living in, and visiting Hebron. And also ensuring that terrorists, such as the animal who killed him, aren’t able to travel freely around Israel, murdering Jews in Tel Aviv, or in his home city, Haifa.

But Israelis showed their bravery and heroism, not allowing this horrendous act to prevent their coming to Hebron. As is said, some 25,000 people yesterday, and thousands today and tomorrow, and next week and next month, vote with their feet – they let their feet do the talking, showing one and all: terrorists will not prevent Jews from visiting and living in their land, their cities, and their homes.

The shows yesterday were great. I caught the last few: Yishai Lapidot, Mendy Jerufi, and Ya’akov Shwekey. They were fantastic. Shwekey was all that was expected and more. See photos on our facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UnitedWithHebron

Immediately following the murder, the director of yesterday’s programming spoke to Ya’akov, telling him about the terror attack. Shwekey assured him, on the spot, that he had no intentions to cancel. The show would go on, as planned.

And what a show it was. He dedicated two special songs. One of his most famous, Tatte, meaning Father, changing some of the original words for Hebron, he dedicated to the memory of the murdered soldier. Another was sung for the IDF, the Israel Defense Forces, serving our nation and our people.  It was really something else.

What a day it was.

BS:  A few hours after the murder, the Prime Minister issued a directive, ordering that all measures necessary to allow Jews back into Beit HaMachpela immediately, be implemented. The one and only measure necessary is that of the signature of the Defense Minister, Moshe ‘Bugi’ Ya’alon on a piece of paper, a permit, granting permission for Jews who purchased the site to move back in.

As might be recalled, last year the purchase was completed and Jews moved in. Two days later they were expelled. A military court ruled a couple of months ago, that the purchase was fully legal. The Jews should be allowed back in.

We’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting.

As of this morning, the story is that the Defense Minister “authorized” the return to the building, but has yet to sign the permits. So my guess is that, because of his deeply religious practices, he doesn’t write on Chol HaMoed, the intermediary days of Succot, due to the sanctity of this week. (LOL)

So, maybe after the holidays, Thursday night?

BB: Well, actually it’s Bibi. Mr Prime Minister, who split Hebron in January, 1998, after promising he would never do such a thing. A few days ago he stated that anyone thinking they can uproot us from Hebron should know that it will never happen. And he promised, again. Back to Beit HaMachpela.

Well, it seems that a Prime Minister’s directive isn’t enough. Why? Maybe (no, it can’t be) he really didn’t mean it. Maybe (no, it can’t be), the message hasn’t yet filtered down to the Defense Minister. Or maybe there are people, in roles under the Prime Minister, who can control what the Prime Minister is actually able to do, or not do, despite his position and directives. (Yes, it can be!)

Pick one of the above: a, b, or c, or pick all of the above. Or none. Maybe its threats from the direction of the WH, where BB is supposed to go speak BS with next week with POSTUS.

But, we have no doubt, there will be much BH – blessings from above, and in the end, all will work out ok. Because the BH has been around longer that BB or BS or even POTUS, and will still be here when they are long gone.

Baruch HaShem.

Happy holidays from Hebron.

The Hebron Expulsion

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

The highly publicized IDF expulsion from Hebron’s Beit Hamachpela of Jews who purchased and were residing in it was an extraordinary event. And it does not bode well for what we can expect from the Israeli government regarding historical Jewish sites.

For one thing, the forced evacuation came about after Prime Minister Netanyahu asked Defense Minister Barak, who has the final say on such matters under Israeli law, to delay any evictions. For another, there does not seem to be any doubt that the Jewish claimants actually owned the property. Mr. Barak was invoking a narrow technicality plainly at odds with the place of Hebron in Judaism.

The IDF had ordered the Jews to leave the Beit Hamachpela apartment building, adjacent to the Cave of the Patriarchs in a Palestinian neighborhood under Israeli military control, not because there was a question about the legitimacy of the purchase but rather because the occupants had not received final approval from the IDF – which has to consider whether certain developments might be “disruptive of the public order” – to move in.

The Jewish occupants had moved into Beit Hamachpela claiming to have purchased it from a Palestinian who was under a Palestinian Authority death sentence for selling land to Jews, and saying they were fearful the empty building would invite Palestinian squatters.

Significantly, Mr. Barak said in a public statement on the issue, “I won’t allow settlers to dictate how the government runs the country.” He went on to say the eviction must be enforced immediately because of the importance of maintaining the rule of law in Israel and that he would not allow “settlers to establish facts on the ground” while his ministry investigated the sale.

He said nothing about the legitimacy of the Jewish claim to the property.

At any rate, the treatment of the Beit Hamachpela purchasers is starkly inconsistent with what should have been expected.

On December 7, 1994 then-MK Netanyahu said:

We dwell in Hebron not out of benevolence but as a right. Hebron belongs to the Jewish people eternally as a result of our right and as a result of our strength, our strength of faith, strength to stand up for what is legitimately ours…. We must protect the foundation of Eternal Israel. Hebron is ours, Jerusalem is ours, the entire Eretz Yisrael is ours.

And the following are quotes from then-MK Netanyahu when he led a delegation of 14 Likud MKs to Hebron on September 7, 1995 to demonstrate solidarity with the Jewish residents there:

The Jewish settlement will remain in Hebron permanently. If someone tries to take it away, my friends and I will be here, and they will have to take us away as well…. It will be fatal mistake to bring hundreds of armed Palestinian policemen here, and there will be a small area where the Jews can pass and where the police and IDF can operate. If there will be a conflict, the IDF will not be able to function and will quickly collide with the Palestinian forces. This is a prescription for tragedy…. There is one body responsible, and that has to be the IDF.

Will the real Benjamin Netanyahu please stand up?

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/editorial/the-hebron-expulsion/2012/04/18/

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