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In 2009, then Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon visits the evacuated settlement of Chomesh in Samaria, and urged Israel to consider resettling the residents, calling it a strategic asset in the face of Palestinian terrorism. Now his Defense ministry is inviting the Arabs to occupy those lands.

An announcement of the attorney general for the IDF Judea and Samaria Division, in response to a suit by extreme left wing group “Yesh Din,” on behalf of land owners from the nearby Arab village of Burka, it turns out that the IDF intends to permit Palestinians to settle the lands of the deserted Jewish village of Chomesh.

Chomesh, located in the heart of Samaria, north-west of Sh’chem, was part of the 2005 “Disengagement” plan, which focused mostly on Jewish families in the Gaza strip. The Jewish residents of Chomesh, 70 families altogether, were evicted by force and the structures were demolished by Israel. Since then the site has seen many attempts on the part of former residents to return home, which are thwarted, occasionally brutally, by police.


Now the village of Chomesh has been officially removed from the list of the Samaria regional council, following which the IDF has revoked the order prohibiting all access to the site. The result is that Arabs will now be free to take over the lands, as well as the infrastructure, while Jews will continue to be prohibited from even going there, based on the disengagement law.

The head of the Samaria regional council, Gershon Mesika, said that “the State of Israel is proving once again that it is first and foremost in hurting its own citizens and their rights.

The head of the Samaria settlers committee, Benny Katzover, said that “the current takeover by attorneys of the Israeli government system is damaging the Jewish character of the state. It cannot be that a group of attorneys would decide to transfer lands in Eretz Israel to the enemy and no one is objecting.”

Ktazover vowed that “Chomesh is a Jewish settlement in Eretz Israel and we will once again settle it, despite the attorney general’s decision which contradicts Jewish logic and the vision of the return to Zion.”


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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,,, 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.


  1. it sounds like someone who is an attorney for the Israeli government is an Arab someone in there is not jewish and is Arab also and doesn’t know it and is giving the land to these enemies who hate jews and try to rid them, samaria is jewish and Chomesh is jewish the land is for jews doesn’t anyone understand that I doubt anyone will ever listen and correct the error by the attorneys jews needs to kick out the arabs from taking jewish land. that is owned by jews not them.. samaria for more then 3,000 years belongs to Israel’s jews so come on tell them hey NO and tell attorney in the government you are FIRED!!!! and kick them out of the Knesset period.

  2. What do you call this nonsense? Cutting your note despite your face? Why were the Israelis evacuated in the first place and by force? Israel is the first to evict their own before what? Ever see the "West Bank" or Gaza give Israel anything? Shtoo-yot! Shigaon l'oomi Old fashioned expression but it hits the mark.

  3. This is appeasement-at any cost, like Gush Katif. Only thing that comes of it is more terrorsm from the so-called "Palestinians" and destruction of anything worthwhile. Israel's enemies are trying to take Israel from G-d's people piece by piece, since they don't have the guts (or wherewithal?) to do it all at once! Disgusting.

  4. Israel is being pushed into a corner by the so called Palestinians, I find it inconceivable why Israel’s government is sanctioning this.  A two state solution will not work, another article in the JP,  Abbas has confirmed Israel and Palestine have been at war since 1948!  Therefore Israel is holding Palestinian subjects as Prisoners of War and they must be returned to Palestine, Abbas admits he gave the order for these Palestinians to fight Israel. Jews are squatters in the land of Palestine and the League of Nations broke international law by awarding Jews the land of Israel, Samari, Judea, they have now added Gaza.  A two state solution provides Palestinians with all her Arab Allies, a platform from which to go to war with Israel.  The US will not support Israel however  will support Palestine as will Europe.  Israel has no allies with which to fight all Arab Nations and unless a miracle happens many will be killed and Jews will have no alternative but to leave ‘Palestine’ or be picked off one by one by Arabs a blood bath will ensue. There cannot be peace in Israel by giving land to Arabs, Israel needs to withdraw from Peace Talks, start seeking allies outside of the US in readiness for the oncoming escalation of war between Palestine and Israel.  No further advance on Peace talks and no more concessions to Abbas.  I am now loosing faith in Mr. Netanyahu, who I believed to be capable of seeing the type of situation he is dealing with.  Israel is giving Palestine the key to the Kingdom if you will.  Palestine will attack once a two state solution has been agreed and no single country will come to the aid of Israel.

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