Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Settlements and the Zionist vision

Moshe Dann, jpost.com

Image from article, with caption: Jewish Youths in Israel wave flags and stand atop a hill. The author recalls his own young days in Zionist youth groups.

Several years ago, Prime Minister Netanyahu appointed a commission of experts led by the late Supreme Court Justice Edmund Levy to study the question of Israel’s legal rights in Judea and Samaria, the issue of settlements and especially the question of “occupation.”
The Commission also recommended judicial procedures for resolving land disputes.
The Levy Commission’s report, however, remains buried deep underground, at Netanyahu’s behest, thereby crippling Israel’s ability to defend itself in the arena of public diplomacy. Despite disagreements about the place of settlements in the Zionist vision, they are an essential part of the state and our national agenda.

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