Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Personal Family Simchas

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Dear friends,

My wife, Anat, and I are happy to share with you some photos from two wonderful events over the last month. "Simchas" in the headline means "family celebrations."

In August, we celebrated the Bar Mitzvah of our son Tovia.

Anat and I and Tovia - our youngest!

Tovia being tossed down the human conveyor belt.
Click here for the full Bar Mitzvah photo album.

Also in August, our 6th grandchild was born, and we celebrated the bris in the town of Ariel. He was named Maayan Ehud Marcus.

Yes, I was the proud grandfather also filling in as Sandak.
Two of my favorite women (my granddaughters to remove any doubt!) with me.

Click here for the full photo album.

Life is sweet! Shana tova and may all of our readers have a year of only simchas!

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Yossi Sarid Concedes Defeat

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I cannot understate the significance of what you are about to read.

Yossi Sarid, the former head of the most radical and strongest Jewish political party in Israel - the Meretz Party - which sought to erase the Jewish towns of Judea and Samaria, concedes defeat. The official numbers of Jews living in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) have registered loud and clear with Mr. Sarid. "It's too late," he says.

The office of Knesset Member Yaakov "Ketzaleh" Katz recently released the official stats of Jews in Judea and Samaria with a breakdown of population by each town. Click here for the report of stats from the Population Registry of Israel's Ministry of the Interior. According to the report, at the end of June, 2012, there were 350,143 Jews in Judea and Samaria, not inlcuding the more than 300,000 in the eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem.

Yossi Sarid is a highly intelligent, savvy analyst. Though he is an arch enemy of the movement to restore a Jewish presence in the ancient Hebrew towns of Judea and Samaria, he is a smart guy and an eloquent speaker. Reality has sunken in for Mr. Sarid. 

In a recent article entitled, "Tisha B'av: Maybe Next Time We'll Succeed" (Haaretz, July 27, 2012), Yossi Sarid basically throws in the towel. He writes:

"Writing this time is especially difficult for me. I am accompanied by a gloomy but deep feeling that I am advancing towards an admission that I erred. And it's no small error. How did I not see the ramifications? ...

[In reference to the settlement movement] "I always convinced myself that what was being done can and will be reversed, and that the long-awaited awakening would surely come. Now it's too late.

[In response to Benvinisti who wrote 25 years ago that the settlements are irreversible] "I wrote then, 'There's no such thing as irreversible. Only death is irreversible.... Why instill premature despair?' He was right. I was blinded and continued to operate on mistaken assumptions... I based my false hopes on common sense... on our ability to stop at any moment and change direction. I was wrong. It's my fault.
"This article will bring joy to the hearts of many. At long last we merit to hear Sarid admitting he was wrong. Blessed [is He] who has let us live to see this day. At long last he understands that the settlements are here for eternity, "from ancient times and forever." [Sarid answers the joy of his opponents with a prediction that the thriving settlement movement will lead Israel to apartheid and its eventual downfall. Thus the name of his article, Maybe Next Time We'll Succeed.]
It will take time for other world leaders and people of influence to wake up and smell the coffee. There will yet be struggles over houses in Judea and Samaria. Yes, the Supreme Court may yet again rule against 20 houses here and demolish 30 houses there. This is an atrocity.
But with the waning Arab birth rate and the waxing Jewish one, time is simply on our side. Every day, the Jewish population of Judea and Samaria increases by more than 42. That's more than a classroom a day.
So, the more that world leaders spend time talking, the deeper they dig the grave for their own diplomatic initiatives aimed at uprooting the Jewish People from their ancestral homeland.
Justice has prevailed. The Lion of Judah has awakened and reclaimed his Land. No force in the world can reverse this just, historic process.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Official Jewish Population Stats in Yesha (West Bank)

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The numbers which appear below in the Official Population Statistics of Judea and Samaria (Yesha), AKA the West Bank, are not readily accessible to the general public. They come directly from the Population Registry of Israel's Interior Ministry and are painstakingly gathered and formulated by the office of Knesset Member Yaakov “Ketzaleh” Katz.

The growing number of Jews in Judea and Samaria is getting the attention of influential people. Despite headlines of world leaders planning a Palestinian State on Jew-free turf, a slow and quiet Jewish population explosion there has already rendered these designs wholly unrealistic.

As of June 30, 2012, there are over 350,000 Jews living in Judea and Samaria (not including the more than 300,000 in the eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem which are also technically the West Bank).

Yes, Hillary Rodham. Just look at the official stats below.
As per the stats below, the facts on the ground are compelling: it's over; there will never be a Palestinian State in the middle of the Jewish Homeland in the area known as the West Bank. It's only a matter of time before the facts begin to register with people of influence.

In Israel, the smarter, more perceptive political leaders are recognizing this reality. And so it is with former Meretz Party Leader Yossi Sarid who headed the movement to erase the Jewish presence from Judea and Samaria.

Click here to read how Yossi Sarid has thrown in the towel, recognizing that the numbers below are irreversible .

The ramifications are huge. All of us need to change the parameters of how we view Israel and its conflict with the local Arab population. In any arrangement and any initiative, one thing is certain: The Jews of Judea and Samaria are here to stay.

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Jewish Population Stats for Judea and Samaria
as of June 30, 2012
Population Registry of the Interior Ministry

Judea and Samaria Jewish Population: 350,143
as of June 30, 2012
[Not including more than 300,000 Jews in eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem]

On Dec. 31, 2000, there were 190,206 Jews in Yesha
On June 30, 2009, there were 301,754 Jews in Yesha
On June 30, 2010, there were 320,073 Jews in Yesha
On June 30, 2011, there were 334,564 Jews in Yesha
On June 30, 2012, there were 350,143 Jews in Yesha

The Jewish population increased in this region in the last year by 4.65%.

Below are the stats for each town in Judea and Samaria. The population of some small villages are recorded in the registry as part of larger neighboring towns as in the case with Shiloh and its neighboring villages.
Northern Samaria
Chinanit 990
Chermesh 228
Mevo Dotan 365
Rechan 197
Shaked 693
Total 2,473

Ariel-Elkana Bloc (Trans Samaria H’way)
Revava 1,552
Oranit 7,378
Alfei Menashe 7,947
Elkana 3,739
Ariel  18,638
Barkan 1,586
Elei Zahav 1,088
Etz Efraim 885
Peduel 1,409
Kiryat Netafim 683
Shaarei Tikva 4,872
Total 49,777

Maaleh Adumim Bloc
Maaleh Adumim 38,647
Kfar Adumim 3,334
Mitzpeh Yericho 1,975
Keidar 1,148
Total 45,104

Eastern Etziyon Bloc
Maaleh Amos 452
Nokdim 1,306
Tekoa 2,470
Metzad-Asfar 444
Total 4,672

Samaria Bloc
Itamar 986
Elon Moreh 1,605
Bracha 1,817
Yitzhar 1,201
Migdalim 150
Shavei Shomron 821
Avnei Hefetz 1,638
Yakir 1,671
Kfar Tapuach 1,195
Maaleh Shomron 834
Nofim 496
Salit 558
Immanuel 3,492
Einav 722
Tzofim 1,426
Kedummim 4,081
Karnei Shomron 7,137
Total 29,830

Beitar Illit
Beitar Illit 43,257
Total 43,257

Kiryat Sefer Bloc
Hashmoniam 3,008
Kiryat Sefer (Modiin Illit) 55,672
Matitiyahu 497
Total 59,177

Jordan Valley Bloc
Avnet  80
Almog 210
Argeman 165
Bet HaArava 108
Bekaot 207
Gittit 330
Galgal 165
Vered Yericho 249
Hemdat 161
Hamra 157
Yetav 276
Yafit 175
Mehola 454
Mechora 154
Maaleh Efraim 1,591
Mitzpeh Shalem 204
Mesua 189
Maskiot  86
Niran  76
Naama 136
Netiv HaGedud 179
Fetzael 273
Kalia 363
Roi 155
Rotem  101
Shadmot Mehola 576
Tomer 305
Total 7,125

[Gush] Etziyon Bloc
Elon Shevut 3,501
Elazar 2,245
Efrata 9,143
Bat Ayin 1,195
Har Gilo 787
Karmei Tzur 859
Kfar Etziyon 650
Migdal Oz 423
Neve Daniel 2,278
Rosh Tzurim 862
Total 27,763

Hevron Hills Bloc
Adura 291
Eshkolot 672
Hevron 599
Haggai 564
Tene 719
Carmel 468
Maon 487
Metzudat Yehuda 434
Negohot 260
Susia 945
Otniel 731
Pnei Hever 396
Kiryat Arba 7,180
Shima 386
Telem 255
Total 14,387

Binyamin Bloc
Bet El 5,984
Bet Aryeh 4,286
Bet Horon 1,201
Geva (Adam) 4,548
Givon Hahadasha 1,332
Givat Zeev 13,955
Dolev 1,370
Har Adar 3,935
Halamish 1,197
Talmon 3,370
Kochav HaShahar 1,953
Kochav Yaakov 6,895
Kfar HaOranim 2,408
Mevo Horon 1,844
Maaleh Levona 635
Maaleh Michmash 1,499
Nachliel 525
Nili 976
Naaleh 1,056
Ofrah 3,199
Ateret 520
Almon (Anatot) 1,170
Psagot 1,894
Rimonim 626
Shiloh 2,771
Eli 3,249
Total 72,398

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