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July 7, 2015 3:25 pm

As Israeli Government Weighs Response to Terror, Local Authorities Act

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Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon. Photo: Reuven Kapuscinski.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. Photo: Reuven Kapuscinski.

Days after a shooting attack last week that left one civilian dead and three others injured, Israel’s Binyamin Regional Council erected a waiting station and guard post at the local Gideon junction, the site of the attack.

The Council said it is determined to act to protect the area’s residents after its numerous requests for increased security at the junction – a popular hitchhiking spot – have gone unanswered by the government.

“The terrorists’ aim is to harm the routine of our lives and our existence as a nation in our homeland. They will not succeed,” the Binyamin Regional Council said in a statement to Tazpit News Agency.

The body also added that they intend to “strengthen and settle throughout the entire land [of Israel].”

“We call on the government of Israel and Defense Minister [Moshe Ya’alon] to act firmly to ensure the security of the people, and to stop their feeble attitude toward these threats, exemplified by the loosening of restrictions [on Palestinians], with bitter and clear results.”

The statement referred to a recent government decision to loosen restrictions on Palestinian movement in Israel, including the granting of entry permits for Palestinian vehicles and allowing Palestinians to travel directly from their homes in Israeli-controlled territory to Jerusalem, in order to participate in Ramadan festivities.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon announced on Tuesday that the government is already taking steps to bolster security in the area.

“Following the attacks, troop presence has been increased in Judea and Samaria to inhibit the movements of the perpetrators,” Ya’alon said in a statement to the press. “We have also been forced to cancel the loosening of certain restrictions and to take cautionary measures,” he said.

A crowd of approximately 400 local residents demonstrated on Tuesday evening at the site of the shooting attack, demanding that the government step up its efforts to establish security. Another demonstration took place on Wednesday evening.

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    If anything it may need to be re-incorporated or re-patriated.
    Let me pose an interesting scenario. If you had a country and it was conquered by foreign powers over a period of time. After many years you have taken back you country and land in various defensive wars. Do you have to officially annex those territories. It was always your territory and by retaking control and possession of your territory it is again your original property and there is no need to annex it. The title to your property is valid today as it was many years before.
    Annexation only applies when you are taking over territory that was never yours to begin with, just like some European countries annexed territories of other countries.
    YJ Draiman

    Jews hold title to the Land of Greater Israel even if outnumbered a million to one.
    The fact that more foreigners than Jews occupied the Land of Israel during certain periods of time does not diminish true ownership. If my house is invaded by a family ten times larger that mine does that obviate my true ownership? The Land of Israel was given in perpetuity to the Jews by The Almighty, Creator of the World. While man made laws are subject to change the Laws of The Almighty are eternal. We are here because G-d Hashem keeps His promises.