Unlike the sometimes boring and sometimes Christian-loving, English version of Arutz 7 (Israel National News), the Hebrew weekly "b'Sheva" sometimes has an interesting headline worth mentioning.
The headline refers to the Jewish strongholds, recently demolished, such as Ma'oz Esther near Kokhav HaShahar, Mitzpeh Avihai and Federman's Farm near Hevron, or set for demolition, such as Havath Gil'ad, not too far away from Qarnei Shomron.
Menahem Begin was in power when Yamit was destroyed. Ari'el Sharon was behind the destruction of Gush Qatif and the rest of Azza. And now, Binyamin Netanyahu is at the plate. What will the extent of his damage be?
Of course, the underlying message from this Nation Union Party cheerleader is...
"We're still angry that enough residents of Judea and Samaria voted for the Likud to rob us of one or two seats in Kenesseth. So, we're going to rub their noses in it ever chance we get!"
And speaking of the National Union Party...
MK Aryeh Eldad announced that Jordan already is a palestinian state, calling to mind his former colleague Rabbi Benny Elon's The Right Road To Peace plan.
Yet, his current colleague MK Michael Ben-Ari corrected him, stating that Jordan is actually part of Israel:
“The people of Israel have no right to give up our claim to any part of the Land of Israel,” he said, adding, “Both banks of the Jordan River are ours.”
MK Aryeh Eldad should take a lesson from the Jewish strongholds in Judea and Samaria. One of their underestimated uses was pointed out to me today: While the focus is on them, the focus is off all the other building taking place within established towns, albeit much of it was approved years ago.
If the world thinks that we are getting ready to take control of the ancestral territories of Re'uven and Gad, the western portion of modern day Jordan, perhaps the focus will be taken off of Judea and Samaria,...a strategy not very likely to be adopted anytime soon, not even by the Nation Union Party.
After all, like the headline says, "Only The Likud Can?" Here's a snippet from the Likud Party Platform:
The Jordan River as a Permanent Border
The Jordan Valley and the territories that dominate it shall be under Israeli sovereignty. The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel. The Kingdom of Jordan is a desirable partner in the permanent status arrangement between Israel and the Palestinians in matters that will be agreed upon.
Either PM Netanyahu is playing games with the U. S., or the Likud's platform will be changed or just ignored, just like former PM Sharon ignored the voice of his constituents.
Of course, if you believe that Netanyahu is really in charge, then I have some swampland to sell you in Salfit.
Shifty Shimmy is the one really calling the shots....