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The Borovsky family is still sitting shiva, in the first week of mourning for Evyatar Borovsky who was stabbed and shot to death by an Arab terrorist just the other day, and our politicians refuse to understand that it's all these "peace gestures" and agreements which encourage and enable Arab terrorism.
Yesterday I took some American friends who had never been in my neck of the woods, aka the "west bank" sic to visit my daughter in Ofra. Ofra is about a twenty minute drive north of Jerusalem's "city line." They had lots of questions and comments.
First of all when we passed the Jerusalem lightrail, I made sure to explain the route which goes through Arab neighborhoods. They were pretty surprised when they saw all of the empty land along the way.
"What about Jews destroying Arab homes to build theirs?"When you're going to Ofra, Shiloh, Eli, or even Sha'ar Binyamin, which is much closer to Jerusalem there is only one tricky junction. I explained that we must take the "middle road" of the roundabout/traffic circle, even though it may be easy to miss. If you go to the right, it's ok, you'll go to Adam and just exit and turn right, but if you go to the left, you'll go to Ramallah.
"It's not true; just look at how empty the land is here. There is definitely room for all to leave in true peace."
"What's the problem in going to Ramallah?"They noticed the difference in housing.
"You may be murdered."
"Arabs are encouraged to be angry and justify the murder of Jews, so it's not safe. On most of the roads here, both Jews and Arabs travel, but there are some only for Arabs. That's Israeli apartheid."
"What large gorgeous homes there are here. Who lives in them?"As we passed Givat Asaf they asked:
"What? We always hear that the Arabs are poor and suffering."
"The Arabs don't need permits and building engineer inspections. They build what they want."
"And what are those poor tiny structures?"And so it went, the questions and my almost incomprehensible answers during the short ride to Ofra. They discovered that real life here is nothing like the news reports and the politicians' speeches. One of them had been in Israel for a period of months over thirty years ago, and she does remember the days, pre-peace when Jews could visit, shop etc. freely and safely in Arab towns, cities and neighborhoods.
"Those are cardboard homes, aka caravans. Jews live there."
"Why should anyone want to live like that?"