Thursday, November 26, 2009
Proactive Response to Construction Freeze
Hillel Fendel Proactive Response to Freeze
In response to the government's decision, under American pressure, to freeze construction in Judea and Samaria for ten months, Land of Israel loyalists spent the night between Wednesday and Thursday adding temporary structures to various outposts throughout those areas. The outposts specifically designated for the protest-construction are Ramat Migron, Shvut Ami, Maoz Esther, Reches Sela and Givat Egoz. These are outposts that have been repeatedly torn down by the army, and immediately rebuilt by their pioneer residents.
Ramat Migron is located just outside Migron on the Jerusalem-Beit El highway. Shvut Ami and Reches Sela are in the Shomron, Maoz Esther is near Kokhav HaShachar in the western Jordan Valley, and Givat Egoz is located near Neriah in western Binyamin.
The Komemiyut movement, one of the leading educational Land of Israel movements, announced last night, after the construction freeze decision, that it would now act to topple the Netanyahu government. Members of Komemiyut have taken a leading and decisive role in many nationalist-camp grassroots campaigns in the past.
“The Netanyahu government has once again become the executor of the extremist-left parties and organizations,” Komemiyut announced. “The new freeze is just another in a series of servile moves led by Netanyahu, beginning with his recognition of a terrorist Palestinian state, continuing with brutal destructions of outpost neighborhoods and the dragging of the IDF into the heart of public controversy, and ending with this miserable decision to freeze construction in Judea and Samaria.”
MK Yaakov "Ketzaleh" Katz (National Union) lashed out at Netanyahu, predicting that his firmness in standing up in favor of construction in Jerusalem would soon crumble as well: “There has not been one principled position that Netanyahu has not caved in on, so this one is next in line,” Katz said, “and then we will see [Minister Begin and Yaalon, who have lost their faith, weaken and fall in line with him. Only those who adhere to G-d and His Torah will be able to influence the eternal future of the Jewish Nation. I call upon the camp of Land of Israel loyalists to rally around the National Union party so that we can strive together for national leadership.”