I took this picture yesterday on the road from Jerusalem to Shiloh.
If you've ever been around here, you'll agree that it's pretty empty. Yes, few Arabs and fewer Jews live here in the Benjamin Regional Council, southern Samaria.
We moved to Shiloh just over thirty-one years ago, and the return of Jewish life to Shiloh was exactly thirty-five years ago. When we first came to the area, the only electricity was generator-supplied and that was for both Jews and Arabs. We hadn't been hooked up to the national grid. Jordan, during the nineteen years it administered the area, hadn't done anything to modernize life for the local Arabs, no electricity, piped water, modern telephones or sewerage. Population had been dwindling until Israel liberated it in the 1967 Six Days War.
In Shiloh, we kept our generators going, when there was enough fuel, 24/7, all day and all night. In the Arab villages, the generators went off late evening.
One of the most beautiful things about the route from Jerusalem to Shiloh used to be the fantastically beautiful wild flowers which bloomed every spring along the roads in areas like that first/top picture. This was all natural, of course. Nobody walked around there, and certainly nobody farmed it.
The vast majority of the land between Jerusalem and Shiloh hadn't been touched or owned by anyone, certainly not in modern times. The stories invented for today's journalists and diplomats about some Arab's grandfather's grandfather farming it are pure fantasy created to establish lies and undermine the State of Israel.