Settlers call on gov´t to return to Homesh (JERUSALEM POST) By TOVAH LAZAROFF 04/10/12)
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Calling on the government to rebuild the demolished Homesh
settlement, the Samaria Regional Council and the Samaria Citizen’s
Council have planned a festive Passover event amid its ruins on
Israel demolished Homesh in 2005, along with three other Samaria
settlements – Sa-Nur, Ganim and Kadim – at the same time that it
razed 21 Gaza settlements.
Although Israel relinquished control of Gaza to the Palestinians, it
maintained military control of the area where the four Samaria
settlements were located.
Settlers have since made numerous calls for the government to rebuild
the four hilltop communities, but they have focused specifically on
Homesh. Many festive events have been held there.
“Passover is an opportunity for thousands of Jews, who are connected
to the land of Israel, to demand that we return to Homesh,” said
Benny Katzover, chairman of the Samaria Citizen’s Council.
Rocket attacks in the South only prove the “stupidity”
and “thoughtlessness” that went into the 2005 disengagement, Katzover
Samaria Regional Council head Gershon Mesika said, “Our primary
mission is to bring decision makers and the Israeli public to visit
Samaria and to see it with their own eyes.
“We expect [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu’s government to be
faithful to the platform on which the nation of Israel voted it into
office, and to right the wrongs of the previous governments, the
first and foremost of which was the unjust expulsion [of settlements
in 2005],” Mesika said.
The event will include children’s activities, musical entertainment
and speeches by rabbinical figures such as Haim Druckman and Elyakim
Levanon. The Samaria Regional Council said that it expects thousands
to attend the event. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/10/12)
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