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Government Decides not to Abandon Gush Etzion Memorial Park

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon will not expel people deployed at the Oz VeGaon Memorial Park in Gush Etzion, contrary to fears expressed by Women in Green earlier this week.

The nationalist organization turned to Gush Etzion Regional Council leader Davidi Perl, who spoke with Ya’alon, leading to a deciding not only to keep the park intact but also to authorize it.

It was dedicated last year in memory of Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Fraenkel and Gilad Sha’ar, the three victims of Hamas kidnap-murderers from the Hebron area.

The park is located immediately east of the Gush Etzion junction and is populated by a family who protect it from Arab vandals.

There are no intentions of turning it into a full-fledged outpost, which the Defense Minister may have incorrectly assumed was the plan of nationalists. Buildings at the park are used for displays and hands-on activities for children.

“The minister of defense has once again proven that he is a friend of the settlement enterprise,” Perl said after Ya’alon’s decision.

Oz VeGaon announced on Wednesday that Selichot prayers will be held at the park Thursday at 12:30 a.m.

Sephardi Jews have been saying Selichot prayers since the first day of the Hebrew month of Elul. Ashkenazi Jews begin reciting Selichot this Saturday night. The prayers are concluded the eve of Yom Kippur.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

US Congressmen Hear about the Peace Before Oslo

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Two U.S. congressmen were on a whirlwind visit through Israel this week. Visiting the nation from top to bottom, east to west, meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister, retired generals, visiting a local winery, high tech company, energy experts and shell-shocked victims of terror, Cong. Dennis Ross of Florida (R-15) and Cong. Robert Pittenger of North Carolina (R-9) made the most of their week-long trip. (Cong. Dennis Ross is not the man by the same name who worked in the George W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations, or under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. ed.)

Congressmen arrive at the Gush Etzion winery. Feb. 16, 2015.

Congressmen arrive at the Gush Etzion winery. Feb. 16, 2015.

The Jewish Press was present at the very first stop of their trip on Monday morning. The congressmen came right from the all-night flight which landed in Tel Aviv to the beautiful Gush winery at the Gush Etzion junction.

During an hour-long breakfast meeting at the winery’s restaurant with local government officials and representatives of Gush Etzion, a cluster of Jewish communities south of Jerusalem, the topics were exactly as expected: peace and terrorism – how to have more of the former and less of the latter.

Mayor Davidi Perl explained that in the Gush Etzion area there are 80,000 Jewish residents and approximately 30,000 Arab residents. He said “everyone wants to live quietly, in peace, we have good relations with our neighbors, the problem is the leadership.”

Davidi Perl, mayor of Gush Etzion Regional Council, Feb. 16, 2015

Davidi Perl, mayor of Gush Etzion Regional Council, Feb. 16, 2015

Cong. Ross said that it seemed to him, “economic opportunity is the best weapon to achieve peaceful relations, without Israel’s economic infrastructure, the Arab neighbors don’t have a future.”

Bob Lang, the head of the Efrat Religious Council responded: “Forty years ago, before the so-called Oslo peace, we were living in peace with our neighbors. We all could and did shop in Bethlehem,” and Mayor Perl added that when he was a child, his school bus driver was an Arab. His parents never thought twice about putting him on the bus with an Arab driver.

Cong. Ross wanted to know what happened. “You are saying you used to have peaceful co-existence.” Lang piped up immediately: “the PLO was brought here and the Oslo Accords ended that peaceful co-existence. Now our cooperation has to be kept under the table.”

Cong. Robert Pittenger (L), Cong. Dennis and Mrs. Ross (Center and R)

Cong. Robert Pittenger (L), Cong. Dennis and Mrs. Cindy Ross (Center and R)

“We missed the opportunity to get involved and play a useful role in the Arab Spring,” Ross told the gathering of about 15. “The Muslim Brotherhood moved in to fill that void while we sat idly by. That kind of ‘neutrality’ is almost like we became isolationists,” he continued, “and the frustration by many of us in Congress is overwhelming.”

Cong. Pittenger added that he and others have met with Arab leaders in the region, and “the paradox is that they get it,” he said, telling the assembled Israelis “you are not alone.”

After the Congressmen left the winery, they went on to visit Hebron, the burial place of the patriarch and the matriarchs. They later met for a security briefing with a retired Israel Defense Forces general, stopped at an energy plant in Ashkelon, and visited a site of one of the Iron Dome batteries, the premier missile defense system which saved so many Israeli lives during recent conflicts.

The congressmen went up on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and visited many of the capital’s neighborhoods. They had a helicopter ride over Israel to see the topography and the security strengths and vulnerabilities. They visited the borders with Lebanon and Syria and stopped in the town of Sderot, on the border with Gaza.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Horrors: Bibi Might Consider New Housing for Jews Before UNGA Meets!

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Word has it that land that has not been occupied since Jordan fled the Gush Etzion bloc after it was humiliated in a war nearly 50 years ago (and before leaving was present with no legally recognized rights thereto), may eventually become the site of new housing for Jews.

The area under consideration neighbors the Israeli town of Allon Shevut, and is adjacent to a women’s seminary, Migdal Oz. It is also in close proximity to several other Jewish learning institutions such as the Yeud Mechina and and several yeshivot. It is located  across the road from the large Israeli community of Efrat, in Gush Etzion.

The site is very near to where the three Israeli teenagers, Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach, were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists, and then murdered by them, south of Hebron.

Previously the site was known as Givat Oz (Hill of Strength). The new name incorporates the initials of the three boys – Gilad, Eyal and Naftali – and the acronym created also happens to mean great wisdom. The site is now known as Givat Oz v’Gaon.

In part, a strong local push for the development of housing in this location came as a response to the abduction and murder of the three teens on June 12. As a local community leader, Davidi Perl said, “The goal of the murderers of the three youths was to sow fear and disrupt our living routine and our answer is strengthening settlement and building.’’ 

Some Israeli commenters, and plenty of non-Israeli media responded with disdain for Israel’s consideration to increase housing for Jews in a vibrant Jewish community.

They attacked the decision as “moronic” both because they considered it “punishment” – heaven forbid! – for the kidnapping and murder of innocent Israeli teenagers, and also because steps seemed to be taken to further Jewish life “just before the United Nations General Assembly meets!”

And if no more homes for Jews, ever again, anywhere within or beyond the Green Apartheid Line are ever built, what? The UNGA will issue commendations for Israel? Not in anyone’s lifetime.

But in truth, there have been no housing tenders for Givat Oz v’Gaon. In fact, last year – well before the “moronic” “act of punishment,” the government of Israel invited bids for the building of 1,000 housing units at the site, according to the Belfast Telegraph. And nothing closer to building homes has taken place.

Whether the land will ever be allowed to bear homes for Jews remains a hulking question mark.

But having Jews attack the Israeli Prime Minister for being so “moronic” as to consider allowing still more Jews to live and breathe beyond an attempted Apartheid Green Line is cause enough for despair.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Hikers Find Human Skull and Bones in Gush Etzion Cave

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

A surprised group of hikers in Gush Etzion stumbled across human bones in a cave near Ein Tzurim, according to police.

The hikers immediately called 100 (Israel’s 911), and the police came to investigate.

The police, once on the scene realized that this wasn’t a murder scene and called the Israel Antiquities Authority. A preliminary examination by their experts indicate that the bones are apparently those of Jews from the Second Temple period.

Davidi Perl, the mayor of the Gush Etzion Regional Council discussed the discovery with Tazpit, “We’re talking about a very interesting discovery, and in retrospect, an incredibly important historical find that may add light on already existing evidence regarding Jewish life in this region thousands of years ago.”

ancient bones discovered Gush Etzion

Perl added an observation, “We should wait for an unequivocal statement on the findings. But if it is determined that the findings demonstrate the presence of ancient Jewish presence in Gush Etzion, then this is an additionally significant and strong proof that we lived here in Gush Etzion, and are a link in the chain of generations of the people of Israel. On the way [in Gush Etzion] is the Patriarch’s Path, the main road linking Hebron to Jerusalem and from there going up to Beit El and city of Shechem (Nablus).”

It should be noted that the area of western Gush Etzion and Beit Guvrin, artifacts from the Second Temple and the Bar Kokhba revolt have been repeatedly found, demonstrating the long term Jewish history and continuity in the region.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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