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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Thawing the freeze

In response to a Knesset member's question, Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai has told the Knesset that 29 (well, probably 28, because they counted one town twice) cities and towns in Judea and Samaria have violated the 'settlement freeze' by continuing construction on buildings that did not yet have a foundation two months ago. The moonbats at Piece by Piece Now put the number at 33. The list of towns reads like a who's who of the Jewish building enterprise in Judea and Samaria.
Settlements that Vilna’i said had violated the freeze include: Adam (Geva Binyamin), Oranit, Eilon Moreh, Alfei Menashe, Elkana, Beit Aryeh, Betar Illit, Barkan, Givat Ze’ev, Har Gilo, Talmon, Yakir, Kfar Eldad (Nokdim), Kfar Etzion, Ma’aleh Adumim, Ma’aleh Shomron, Matityahu, Nokdim, Imanuel, Etz Efrayim, Psagot, Zufim, Kedumim, Rosh Zurim, Revava, Shadmot Mechola, Sha’arei Tikva and Tekoa.

Although he spoke of 29 violations, he listed Givat Ze’ev twice.

Peace Now added that it believed the settlements of Elazar, Kochav Hashahar, Nili, Kiryat Arba and Kfar Tapuach were also ignoring the moratorium.
Piece by Piece Now has also 'gotten religion,' accusing two towns of building on the Sabbath (let's just say I have my doubts that's true). But the Judea and Samaria Council had a good answer to the charges.
The Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip denounced the Peace Now report.

It charged that Peace Now, like other organizations funded from abroad, was part of an organized campaign of lies and half truths designed to harm both the state of Israel and the settlement movement.

“We’re talking about people who have never planted a tree, or built a home, but who are placing a stick in the wheels of the Zionist enterprise,” the council said in a statement it released to the media.

It noted with satisfaction the fact that the Jewish population of Judea and Samaria reached 320,000 in 2009, a 5.5 percent increase over the previous year.

This morning, I'm going to the circumcision of another 'fact on the ground.' That's the only answer to these modern day Haman's.


At 8:59 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Peace Now is the prime example of how the once proud Zionist Left has been reduced to being informants, tattlers, snitches and mosers for those who would destroy Israel. No revanant has uprooted a single Arab home, harmed a single Arab or instigated inter-communal violence yet all Peace Now can think of is all those Jews living where it thinks they shouldn't. May there be many more efforts to thaw the "freeze!"

At 4:17 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

were i ever to pack up and move to israel, i would choose to live in a "settlement". i probably would not even consider anyplace else.


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