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Times Of Israel: Israel to announce major land appropriation in Jordan ValleyEsser Agaroth (2¢):
Government to declare 370 acres near West Bank settlement south of Jericho as state land in largest such seizure since 2014
Times of Israel staff, January 20, 2016
The Israeli government will announce the allocation of 370 acres of West Bank agricultural land near the Palestinian city of Jericho as state lands, the largest such land appropriation since August 2014.
The area, part of which has been worked in recent years by Israeli farmers, is situated north of the West Bank settlement of Almog, in the Jordan Valley, according to an Army Radio report on Tuesday. Additional details about the move were to be published Wednesday morning.
Israel has previously used an 1858 Ottoman law stating that land which lies fallow for several years could revert to government property as the legal basis for such moves.
The procedure was approved by Israeli government officials and was to receive final approval in the coming weeks, according to the report. (cont.)
Now, while so called "right-wingers" will be hailing this as a victory (ie. table scraps), all you need to do is look at this map, to see how insignificant this piece of land is in the greater scheme of things, even if it has strategic significance, or treasure buried within it.
|The red circle is the approximate area in question.|
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And what justification has the Israeli Government made for this land grab? Ottoman Law? Not clear, but certainly not Torah Law? This is the real problem with this lukewarm land acquisition. And they call this a Jewish state?
In fact, the State of Israel's so-called "Basic Law" is a mishmash of laws held over from both the Ottoman Empire and British Mandate, such as "administrative detention," which the British used to hold Jewish freedom fighters, and which is now used to hold Jews who write articles which the State does not like.
Supposedly anytime there isn't a law already on the books, someone in a back room somewhere is supposed to open up a mesekheth (tractate) of Talmud, to look it up.
Heaven forfend the State should stand up proudly, apply Torah Law to this "grab," and use the word "conquer."
Of course, this will not happen anytime soon. The State's own Minister of Defense has declared how dangerous those Jews are (link), who want a nation based on Torah Law. Worse yet, most of those in the K'nesseth wearing crocheted kippoth are highly confused over what Torah Law actually is. And all of them believe that Israel still sits in a state of weakness, in contrast to the strength of the goyim. Then there are those MK's who want to be goyim, and who are in denial regarding the Arab MK's desire to do more than just wipe out the [marginally] Jewish nature of the State.
But, regardless of which laws the State chooses to invent and to follow, many plots of land in Yehudah and Shomron (Judea and Samaria) have "been worked in recent years by Israeli farmers." Yet, there have not been any attempts by the Israeli Government to "appropriate" these areas.
Who's that over there talking again? Dan Shapiro? The Jew who is in the role of ambassador, representing a non-Jewish nation to the "Jewish" State? Does that make any sense at all?
History has named such Jews "court Jews." But, what do I know? I am just one of those "extremist" Jews, who believes that as a nation, we should be moving in the direction toward Torah observance, not away from it.
And there would not be any "questions about Israel’s long-term intentions," if we did just that.