Israeli kids were once raised on the legends of the Zionist pioneers who braved the evil British Mandate and risked their lives to establish the early kibbutzim and moshavot! Those same kids are now the "establishment" and somehow absurdly are repeating history but from the other side. They are trying to destroy Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel.
Yes, that's it in a nutshell. Subsequent to the 1967 Six Days War, when the historic, Biblical, Land of Israel was freed from Arab occupation, instead of enthusiastically settling it, the various governments did their best to keep it as Juden rein, empty of Jews, as possible. This didn't stop thousands of Jews, who continued in the Zionist tradition and battled the government to establish new communities. As they took root, the younger generation went further and established even more, known as the "hilltop communities."
In recent years a new myth was formulated by the Israeli left wing, which claimed that the "hilltop communities" in Judea and Samaria are illegal, but it's not true. According to a group of legal experts called the the Land of Israel Legal Forum, there is no legal problem with the vast majority of the communities.
Nearly all of the Jewish neighborhoods deemed "unauthorized" by Talia SassonThat's not the only problem. Even though Olmert's Plan, Destruction of Jewish Communities in most of Judea & Samaria, also known by various euphemisms which were carefully invented to try to take the "bite" out of the plan, has never been approved by any government body, Israeli banks are already implementing the first stage. For the past few months it is becoming almost impossible to get building loans and mortgages fconstructionion and purchase of homes in most of Judea and Samaria.
were established before MazuzÂs 2004 stipulation and are therefore, in fact,
legally authorized. ÂIt seems that Atty. Sasson was trying to enforce legal
directives against communities that were already in existence before the new
guidelines were issued,Â a Forum statement said.
The banks are implementing laws which were never passed. They are participating in the "drying up" of vibrant communities. They are making political policy.
Despite it all, the yeshuvim are still growing and developing, and Olmert and gang are battling more corruption charges.
It's never dull, is it?