Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I Told You So, I Told You So, I Told You So....

11 of the Fifth Month 5768

Yesha Council Agreed to Relocate Migron
by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
11 Av 5768, August 12, '08

(IsraelNN.com) The Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha) decided Monday night to unanimously accept a proposal to transfer the community of Migron in Samaria to a nearby location. The decision comes one week after the Binyamin Regional Council rejected the idea. (Read more...)

The YeSh"A Council has been denying that they have been in negotiations to dismantle towns in Yehudah and Shomron for months now.

I suspect that they will issue one or more of the following lame excuses:

1. Migron isn't being dismantled; it's being moved. So we weren't lying when we said we weren't in negotiations to dismantle settlements.

2. We changed our minds. It's for our own good, in order to strengthen other settlement blocks.

3. The government will NEVER evacuate Ofra, Bet-El, Kokhav Ya'aqov, nor Pesagot, so Migron will most likely be within any future border arrangement, and we can choose to build there in the future.

4. (Insert your own lame excuse here.)

Now what I'd like to know is, just exactly WHO is on the Yesha Council besides Danny Dayan.

Whoops! The Yesha Council Website is down, so I am unable to access that information. How convenient!

I always thought that the regional council heads are automatic members of the Yesha Council. So if Avi Ro'eh (Binyamin) and Gershon Masiqah (Shomron) are against such an agreement to move Migron, then how could the Yesha Council decision have been unanimous, unless the make0up has changed, and the regional heads no longer sit on the council?

Meanwhile, the verdict is still out on what the residents will do. Sure the above report says that they're not going without a fight. But, we still don't know what that means, and we still haven't heard from Rav Tzvi Tau, the rav and spiritual leader of many of Migron's residents.

Previously I stated that all eyes should be on Migron. But, now I'm not so sure that this will be the critical juncture I thought it would be.

Gershon Mesiqah says that blood will be spilled. My bet is on some kind of symbolic resistance, and then they're up and out of there. The only major resistance will come from the new stronghold, adjacent to Migron, established by Youth for the Sake of Eretz Yisrael, or those sympathetic to their cause.

I think it might go pretty smoothly, with only those in the adjacent stronghold getting pummeled (May God forbid), demonized, jailed, and demonized some more, with the Migron residents quietly packing up, and disassociating themselves from "those fanatics."

One of the residents of stronghold reported that they are "not welcome" by the mamlachti residents of Migron.

No surprises there. How dare Jews settle the Land without official, government approval! (sarcasm) ...which residents of Migron continue to insist that they have such permission.

All I can say is to bring cameras, and we'll see what the government has in store for photographers during this round.

(There is still a campaign to locate photographers who were present at Amona, to see if they can provide any assistance to the cases pending against the police. Please contact me if you had a camera and were there.)

When are they going to wake up,...and stand up?

When there's a conflict between halachah and the government, go with the halachah.

So what will happen to Migron? Who knows. But more miraculous things have happened in the past. Maybe they will wake up.

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