Jews in Judaea

Jews building housing for themselves in our traditional home is considered a crime not just by the often violently racist local Arabs, but by their allies in the west.

The tidbit below was written by AFP, whatever that is, and published by Y-Net:

Israeli authorities have given the go-ahead for the construction of 829 new settler homes in the West Bank, Peace Now said on Monday.

“The construction of 829 homes has been approved by a committee of the Israeli military in charge of the West Bank,” said Lior Amihai, a Peace Now activist.

“This is yet another move that threatens to derail the peace process,” Amihai told AFP.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has warned that ongoing settlement building by Israel in the Palestinian territories threatens the future of Middle East peace talks, which stand at an impasse little more than three months after they began…

The latest move comes two weeks after Israel announced its largest plan for settler homes ever, saying some 20,000 would be built in the West Bank.

This is all just so predictable.

The Jewish presence in Judaea and Samaria is actually quite small, representing only a few percentage points of the overall population and, yet, western governments and the progressive-left agree with the anti-Jewish racist Arab population that even one Jew in Judaea is far too many.

What is preventing a peaceful resolution to the long Arab war against the Jews is not the fact that Jews have children, and thus build housing for themselves, but that the Arabs are viciously bigoted against the Jewish minority for religious reasons and have been since we refused to throw ourselves at the feet of Muhammad in the 7th century.

This has always been the problem and it is the reason why traditionally-raised Arab teenagers in the Middle East enjoy throwing rocks at elderly Jews and historically could do so with impunity.

To the extent that westerners honestly care about this issue – which is a doubtful premise to begin with – when they hear about Jewish “settlement” building in the “West Bank” they tend to think that Jews are encroaching on the land of the perfectly innocent, bunny-like, allegedly-indigenous population.  One thing, among many others, that they do not understand is that the Jews have built no new townships in many years.  The building that these people keep complaining about are within existing Jewish towns and villages.

The bottom-line, however, is that if the local Arabs honestly wish to gain autonomy within a state on Jewish land then they must accept the presence of Jews on that land.  If Arabs cannot accept the fact of Jews on Jewish land then they will never create the little terrorist entity, with full membership rights in the United Nations, that they supposedly want.

In the mean time, what we need to tell non-Jewish westerners is that complaining about Jews building in Judaea is the equivalent of complaining about the French building in Toulouse or the Easter Islandish building on Easter Island.

The surest way to prevent a negotiated resolution of the conflict is to insist that Jewish land is not Jewish land and that, therefore, Jews have no right to build there, despite the fact that it represents a grand total of about .5 percent of the Middle Eastern landmass.

And yet, somehow, Israel thrives.

It is, indeed, nothing less than a miracle.


Michael Lumish is the editor of Israel Thrives.

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  1. Leon Poddebsky

    Which “peace process” is that?
    Is that the one that’s based on the “salami strategy” for depriving the Jewish People of their inalienable, legitimate, internationally guaranteed rights?
    Or maybe it’s the one that has just given us “peace in our time”, the one that Barak Chamberlain Obama engineered?

  2. Mike

    Agence France-Presse-AFP is a French News Agency associated with AP and I just found out Reuters too

    • Ah, Agence France-Presse.

      I hate it when they fling around acronyms without first identifying what the acronym stands for.

      I do not read Agence France-Presse any more than I read El Pais.

      • I do. Maybe though it’s because I speak French. In the ‘mother country’ in the ‘olden days’ we learnt French in first year high school.

  3. Peace Now is a grantee of the New Israel Fund.

  4. Shirlee, we had a Peace Now representative address the mission at Media Central office, she said she (and some of her colleagues) support the boycott of ‘West Bank’ industries. I asked her whether she realises that approx 100,000 Palestinians so far have lost their jobs as a result of the (EU endorsed) “occupied territories” boycott. She said that didn’t really bother her — what’s important is “the principle”.

      • Mike, Rachel mentions this because it was something I raised in an email to her yesterday evening. She is in Israel on the NSW B of Deps/Honest Reporting Mission.

        The Community here is up in arms over the fact that two of the speaking events organised are by the Far Left Groups, Peace Now and Shatil. Shatil is a grantee of the New Israel Fund.

        A fact you aren’t aware of is that there is now a strong presence on the B of Deps Executive, of the Far Left. In fact one is the President of the NIF Australia. I am sure that’s why these groups were included.

        We recently had an election and a number of people tried to oust the worst of the 9. We succeeded in removing 4 though the worst ones remain.

        OMG you should have heard the sob story from the President of the NIF on how the Left were targeted and how it has never happened before. It could have brought me to tears!!!

        What he fails to see is the Left WERE not targeted, only the Far Left. Therein lies the huge difference.

        What the President doesn’t seem to get either that is the reason the membership has dropped so dramatically.

  5. Western leaders today conveniently are ignoring the original Mandate for Palestine which included Samaria and Judea. Article 5 states “seeing that no Palestinian territory shall be ceded or leased to, or in any way placed under the control of the government of any foreign power”. (Gaza and East Jerusalem?). Article 6 calls to “encourage close settlement by Jews on the land, including State lands and waste lands not required for public purposes”.
    However violence will always occur as long as Muslims take their religion seriously.
    Fighting and killing a Jew (or Christian) will guarantee that the Muslim goes straight to Paradise and receives a special reward. [Dawud vol 2 nos 2489 & 2482]
    Islam promises rewards for Muslims to use violence.

    • Geoff, during the Mission to Israel (just completed) the subj of ‘East Jerusalem’ was covered in one of the talks. I’d have to dig out my copious notes to confirm exactly what was said, but I’m sure that basically there never was any such thing as “E. Jerusalem”. During the time of the temple (and ever since then) Jews lived throughout the whole of Jerusalem. In fact we watched video footage of residents of “E.Jerusalem” expelled by the Arabs during the Independence War in 48, robbed of their homes and all their possessions. (By the way, where’s their ‘right of return’?) .. anyway, the upshot is, East Jerusalem isn’t traditionally Arab or Palestinian – residents comprised Jews, Arabs, and probably Christians, Druze, and other sectors – just like all over the rest of Israel!

      • Rachel, you of all people surely know there was never, and as far as most people are concerned there still isn’t, a place called East Jerusalem.

        It will never be a divided city and our leaders in Israel need to know that.