Deal or no Deal

The Bennett / Lapid government through the auspices of Defence Minister Benny Gantz is hatching a compromise deal to avoid being seen to evict the hilltop community Evyatar and its 50 families.

This is the old shell game with the Evyatar community being the hidden pea, you see it and then you don’t its a game of sleight of hand in this case the trick is to preserve Bennetts Yesha credentials while demolishing a Jewish community in the Shomron with as little fuss as possible.

Bennett knows the emotions on the issue of Jewish settlements run so deep that it’s not easy to disguise preconceived conclusions he himself was once a surrogate for long-standing philosophical disagreements with the likes of Yair Lapid and Labors Merav Michaeli, let alone the radical Arab, Mansour Abbas of the Ra’am party.

You can be sure the debate taking place in the government’s inner circle will address such esoteric subjects as Israel’s vulnerability to International criticism, calculability of voter fallout amongst some of Yaminas’s core supporters. In the end, the debate will settle on linkage and how best to obscure their real intentions to start the ‘Roll Back on the Jewish footprint in the Shomron and Yehuda.

Bennett and co will emphasize the national interest in the case of ‘illegal settlements’ which in reality will constitute a form of moral disarmament. They will convince themselves that by doing so they will have created a state of relaxed tensions between the fake Palestinians, the Arab world, and International opinion.

They will waffle on about ‘treating our adversaries first and foremost as entities pursuing their own interests as they perceive these interests, just as we follow our own interests as we see them. They will be judged by their actions as we expect to be judged by our own. Specific agreements and the structure of peace they help build will come from a realistic accommodation of conflicting interests.’

Yes, the truth is this government will abandon all the premises of the Zionist commitment. Yet no Israeli Prime Minister would simply turn the fate of the Jewish State over to its detractors instead they would bring those arch-enemies into the national camp. Impossible? Well, Mansour Abbas is the Trojan horse the first of many if this government is allowed to prosper.

Should this trend continue Israel’s righteous mission will turn into self-hatred, followed by a belief that we have overextended ourselves leading to abdication.

This is the bedrock importance of protecting those fifty families on Evyatar’s hilltop in the Shomron. We must as a people in the face of adversity not succumb to self-doubt. We must recapture the soaring idealism of Israel’s prophets while submerging our differences in the pursuit of common objectives, knowing that societies thrive on their reconciliations, not on their conflicts.

This can be achieved if we are willing to adopt authentic Jewish values while at the same time rejecting foreign influences that undermine who we are and where we are going.

Its to be hoped this current government will discard its tainted ideology and work towards a Jewish mindset.


Yosef Yigal Drever

Yosef Yigal Drever and Sylvia Drever co-founded Achdut HaLev in 2006 to reach out to the Jewish community's around the world providing support in learning Torah and promoting the 'Return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel.' Yosef Yigal made Aliya in 2014 while Sylvia his wife is an Israeli. In late 2014 Achdut HaLev concentrated all its resources towards Aliya and the rebuilding of Eretz Yisrael. Excluding none and embracing all. The commandment to settle the Land of Israel is equal in importance to all the Torah Commandments all together: (Sifri Deut 12:29)