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Racheli Frenkel: Be Joyful on the Holiday for Our Boys Too [photos]

Monday, October 13th, 2014

In Giv’at Oz veGa’on in Gush Etzion, celebrations were held for Simchat Beit HaShoeva.

Friday a Simchat Beit HaShoeva event was held at Giv’at Oz veGa’on, next to Gush Etzion Junction. This hilltop site was established by Women in Green in memory of the three youths who were abducted, Gil-Ad, Ayal and Naftali (Ga’on).

Both Brigade Commander Col. Amit Yamin and Racheli Frenkel, mother of Naftali, HY”D, spoke at this event.

Photo by: Gershon Ellison

Photo by: Gershon Ellison

Col. Yamin blessed the hundreds of celebrants who arrived in their masses, from all areas of the Land and he remarked on the uniqueness of the holiday of Sukkot, which expresses the “joy in humility and the joy in austerity”. Relating to the military’s and his personal coping with the event of the abduction of the youths he said: “the previous (Jewish) year ended with closing a circle that was important for the entire People of Israel. We brought the vile murderers to account. This was a task of primary importance for us. We did not rest, and we worked with all of the security forces and intelligence bodies until we entrapped them”.

Simchat Beit HaShoevat - Oz v'Gaon 4j

Col. Yamin told of how “approximately four months ago I woke up and understood that we are in the midst of a military operation with national significance. As the hours passed we were shocked to see the dimensions of the event and during 18 days we labored energetically with all of the combined forces. Unfortunately we found them lifeless and this caused us the bitter feeling that we had lost”, said Yamin, but immediately continued, describing the empowerment that he felt from the families of the abducted, especially in the difficult and emotional days. Yamin told of the most significant sentence that he heard from Avi, the father of Naftali, HY”D, during the week. “Avi told me ‘you have brought us back to life’. I did not understand what he meant and he explained that he said that ‘if we had had to continue in that same situation without knowing for sure and with the sense of lack of clarity, it is hard for me to say how we could have coped with it. Now we have brought them to a grave among the People of Israel and we know how to continue from here’”.

Simchat Beit HaShoevat - Oz v'Gaon 2

“The three families were, for us, a source of strength and a model that gave us the ability to continue in the task of defending the citizens of Israel along with the efforts to entrap the abductors. We came to a level of solidarity and a unity that will stay with us for a long time. It was from this solidarity that the IDF and the entire nation entered Operation Protective Edge. The spirit that blew into the sails of the war effort is what brought it to its successes, and led the troops to the places and achievements that we reached”, said Yamin and remarked that this is the proof of the living link between the army and the People. “There is a tremendous sense of togetherness, a sense of great joy, of removing any doubts on a broad national level”.

Immediately after Col. Yamin’s words, as he was leaving the site to do other tasks in defense of the sector, “in order to continue to enable everyone to be here and travel here in safety”, in his words, Racheli Frenkel spoke, eager to express her appreciation and admiration for the fighters of the IDF and its commanders, as well as Col. Yamin, personally. About his words regarding the importance of humility, Frenkel explained that this is what was required of the commanders during the days of the search for the three youths, “humble enough to be able to hear others, to consult and act in order to find the boys”.

Bennett Praises Govt Decision on Gush Etzion in Visit to Yeshiva Mekor Chaim

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Economics Minister and Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett praised the government today (Monday, Sept. 1) during a visit to Gush Etzion for its decision to answer terror with Jewish expansion.

Bennett visited Yeshiva Mekor Chaim in Gush Etzion on the first day of Israel’s school year Monday. The yeshiva, located in Kfar Etzion, was attended by two of the three teens martyred by Hamas terrorists this past June.

“Until a couple of months ago, you students here at Mekor Chaim were regular students. Today you are the spearhead. You now bear extra weight upon your shoulders, the “mekor chaim” – the source of life ‘’ of Israel,” he told the students.

“Yesterday the government made two decisions – one which builds up and strengthens the Gaza frontier, and the second which builds up and strengthens Gush Etzion,” he added.

Bennett praised the government’s decision yesterday to designate a tract of land near Alon Shevut, not far from the yeshiva, as state land. The lot is located close to the bus stop and hitchhiking post from where the three teens were kidnapped and subsequently murdered.

“What we did yesterday was an act of Zionism,” Bennett explained as he toured the area. “Building is our reply to murder.”

Women in Green organization leaders Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katzover also praised the decision.

“The Defense Minister has allocated 4,000 dunams for the city of Geva’ot – congratulations! We hope that this is indicative of additional positive steps in the future, not only as a reaction to the murder of Jews but as a policy – but the high tones of protest from America, the world, the left, and the Arabs reveal the depth of the problem of Judea and Samaria.

“If the government of Israel does not apply sovereignty to the expanses of Eretz Israel, this question will remain open to negotiations and endless disputes. Israeli Sovereignty must be applied, and realized by the state maintaining law and order for all its citizens – including the Beduin, the Arabs, and others. The time has come to initiate and once and for all apply Israeli sovereignty over Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley,” they said.

A Zionist Response to the Murder of Our Boys

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Israelis heard the news early Monday morning, June 30. The search was over. Yes, the search was over, but the boys were dead.

The response throughout the land was palpable: the air of hope and unity was punctured, replaced by raw anguish.

But by 2:00 the following morning, some Israeli women responded by taking action. Their action was not one of vigilantism, nor was it to raise their fists at the intractable enemy.

Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar, the indefatibable Women in Green, along with a group of supporters, went to a lovely little hill just off from the Gush Etzion Junction – the site of such despair – and began clearing the area.

Since July 1, Kassover and Matar have been joined by dozens and dozens of Israelis and of visitors. They are reclaiming a bit of land that has been set aside (the site has long had official approval for tourism development), and are developing it as a functioning and vibrant tourist site.

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

Nadia Matar, that steadfast soldier in the war to reclaim the land, spoke with The Jewish Press about the new site.

“This is a Zionist response of the Jewish people to the incomprehensible act of killing our boys,” Matar said. “Our enemies think they will scare us away with their acts of terrorism, but they are wrong. We cling to the land ever more strongly in response to their efforts.”

The area is being cleared by hand. People show up on a daily basis to help move the rocks, clean the lone remaining stone building, and set up picnic tables for meals and chairs for lectures and services.

people came to help clear the land at Givat Oz v'Gaon.

people came to help clear the land at Givat Oz v’Gaon.

“This will be a camping site,” Matar says. “This past weekend, the first of Givat Oz v’Gaon, we had already 70 or 80 people who brought tents to spend Shabbat here. The residents of the nearby kibbutz Migdal Oz came to join us for seudat shlishit (a meal before evening services) and swelled the crowd to between 200 and 300 people.”

The residents of Migdal Oz came by a road that connects the back of the kibbutz to the Gush Etzion junction. This is also significant, Matar explains, because for quite a long time the kibbutzniks did not use the road as there had been frequent attacks by Arabs from nearby towns.

“Now, with a strong Jewish presence between the kibbutz and the Gush junction, this road is also being ‘reclaimed’ as our response to terrorism,” Matar shared with a sense of satisfaction.

Ruthie Lieberman lives in nearby Alon Shvut. Her home was used by people who participated in the searches for the boys; she and her family lived through it with great intensity.

“The families got up from shiva yesterday,” Lieberman said. “And I found myself on this site today, helping to clear the land, to plant new trees – the ultimate act of positive Zionism.”

Lieberman and her daughter, Merav, planted one of the three trees planted in memory of the three boys.

 

Ruth Lieberman and her daughter, Merav, plant a tree in Eyal Yifrach's memory at the new site created to honor the boys, Givat Oz v'Gaon.

Ruth Lieberman and her daughter, Merav, plant a tree in Eyal Yifrach’s memory at the new site created to honor the boys, Givat Oz v’Gaon.

Settling and Sovereignty is the Zionist Answer – Hebron and Gush Etzion First

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

As a Zionist answer to the despicable murder of our three boys, a pioneering group of Jews headed by Women in Green went up to Givat Oz – a hilltop overlooking Tzomet HaGush – in order to create a new Jewish presence in the area.

As since the beginning of Zionism, the land of Israel is sometimes built with blood and tears. The hill is adjacent to the historical community of Migdal Eder, which was dismantled in 1927, in a forest near to Bet Fajjar, on approved State land.

The pioneers cleaned out an abandoned structure on the site and settled it, calling upon the government to immediately apply sovereignty, starting with Hevron and Gush Etzion. This call was made by the Women and Green, together with the Professors for a Strong Israel, headed by Aryeh Eldad and Matot Arim. Davidi Perl, mayor of Gush Etzion, together with his deputy, Moshe Savil, came to bless the new Givat Oz endeavor. The mayor said, “Our answer is clear and determined – we will continue to expand and build here and now. Here we will build a new community and many more in the near future. We will build and settle and hold strong to the land.”

The local police chief and army commanders came to visit and promised to safeguard the place.

This morning there will be Tefilat Shacharit at 6am. At 10am the public is invited to come and help refurbish the building (painting and cleaning).

Directions: Drive to Tzomet HaGush and turn toward Migdal Oz and Bet Fajjar. After a few hundred meters turn right onto the dirt path and continue up into the forest.

‘Every Day without Israeli Sovereignty Advances the Palestinian State’

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

There must be accelerated and frequent action in and out of the Knesset, until the “historical crack” is found, through which the application of Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria can be advanced.

In a conversation with ‘Sovereignty,’ Israel Prize Laureate Geula Cohen alerts and states that “every day that passes without the application of sovereignty advances the establishment of the Palestinian state.”

“The correct and proper solution is Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria,” she says and calls for extra-parliamentary action in addition to the parliamentary action to advance the idea. “The road to achieving this doesn’t pass only through conventions and committees but also through parliamentary preparation and waiting for the appropriate historical opportunity to pass the sovereignty bill. There needs to be a group of MKs that will present the bill and bring it up at the right time and pass it in Knesset. That requires parliamentary work.”

“There is no group in the Knesset currently dedicated to this purpose. This must be their official goal, a goal which they push and raise in Knesset, even if the bill fails again and again,” she says and recalls the days when she passed the Golan Heights bill and the Jerusalem bill. Then too the bill passed after failing and being rejected and waiting for the right time.

“The infrastructure must be prepared and then the matter must be raised on the agenda every single day, because you never know when it’s this bill’s day or that. When I tried to raise the Jerusalem bill I went from MK to MK to prepare for the political moment. As long as there are leaders like Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar the matter won’t come off the agenda. They stand guard and I see them looking for the historical crack in order to raise the matter on the agenda.

But that isn’t enough. It requires work inside the Knesset as well, and there MK Orit Struck from Hebron and others are acting from the inside.”

Nonetheless when she looks at the structure of the Knesset, Geula Cohen is convinced that the current political reality will make the task easier than ever. Netanyahu’s public opinions regarding the establishment of a Palestinian state don’t particularly impress her. She estimates that MKs will be able to create a majority which will pass the sovereignty bill and turn it into a done deal which will be forced on Netanyahu. “Politics is about seizing opportunities. There are times where that which was impossible yesterday is possible today. The world didn’t want a Jewish state either, so what? If the MKs get a majority it will be a done deal.”

“Netanyahu already spoke of 2 states so it will be difficult to pull the move off through Netanyahu himself, but today there are a few fighter MKs that I don’t think will let him pass it. Netanyahu himself doesn’t dare raise it on the agenda, and why doesn’t he pass it or raise it on the agenda? Because he can’t, and maybe he doesn’t really want to either.”

In regards to the issue of the status of the Arabs of Judea and Samaria the day after sovereignty is applied, Cohen is convinced the autonomy solution will work. In her opinion the Arabs themselves will also eventually agree to such a generous offer like that. “We have to give them the option to rule themselves in a manner that will allow for national existence, cultural existence, their own education system, everything besides government and security. Eventually Palestinian parties can also be persuaded that they are receiving something just short of a state. There are parties we can cooperate with. When I raised the Jerusalem bill there was also turmoil and chaos. People warned that a war will break out and eventually it turned out that the Arabs took it much easier than we had warned ourselves.”

Exclusive Audio From 19th Annual Tisha B’Av Walk Around the Old City

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

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Yishai presents exclusive audio from the 19th Annual Tisha B’Av walk around the Old City Walls. Interviewees include Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin, Professor Aryeh Eldad, Dominican Friar and Yishai’s friend Erik Ross, Director of the Israel Land Fund Aryeh King, and many more! Listen in and get inspired!

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Women in Green Asking for Plow (Seriously)

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

The Jewish Press just received the following email from Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar, the two inspired souls behind the Women in Green organization.

“As you know,” goes the email, “one of our projects is safeguarding state lands in the hills of Netzer, by planting trees. Over the past few years, we have planted almost a thousand trees.

“After the planting comes the difficult safeguarding and upkeep which includes having to plow the land, which is crucial for the trees to grow well.”

According to Katsover and Matar, two of the feistiest women this side of East New York, the local Arabs, with millions of dollars in funding from the EU and anti-Israeli NGO’s, do the plowing using fancy, new tractors, others still prefer a good, old plow and horse combo.

“We don’t have the funds for a tractor, nor the upkeep on a tractor, and working with a horse is complicated,” the two women write. We’re looking to purchase a motorized plow that’s easy to manage by one person.”

If you’re interested in helping these spirited women who devote their lives to Jewish settling in Eretz Israel, they say the cost of a plow should run between $1,320 and $2,636.

Contact Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar via www.womeningreen.org.

That’s it, done my mitzvah for the morning, time for lunch.

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