Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

No, Israel is not going to “steal Palestinian land” to double the road to Ephrata

The facts are really simple:

  1. In every democratic State, it is normal that sometimes the government acquires land for national needs.
  2. A separate secure road to Ephrata was needed not because Jews want to travel alone but rather because too many Arab Gentiles living along the original road wanted them dead.
  3. The road has two lanes, one in each direction, which is way below capacity for 15 years already.
  4. It’s now being doubled and some land needs to purchased by the State for that. The owners no doubt will be properly compensated — if not by the government, by the High Court of Justice’s intervention.

Put that way,  you see that this is not a land grab.

It’s so easy to accuse Israel of racism, imperialism and whatnot when one doesn’t know the facts.

BTW, The Town of Ephrata has an extensive group of Jewish inhabitants who learn Arabic and have peace meetings with Gentile Arabs living in neighboring villages — for decades already.

This safety bypass road also leads to Hebron and all kinds of smaller or lesser-known Israeli cities on the West Bank.


Meanwhile, coalition talks go exactly as I predicted. Bibi will not be able to form a rightwing government.

Last minute, in a surprise move, he will talk with Blue and White, the other centrist party next to the Likud and hammer out a secular centrist government without the ultra-right, ultra-left and the religious parties.

As the great Mark Twain used to say: “Always do right. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” And boy, will some be stunned (who don’t read my blog).

Journalists will struggle to find time for sleeping and eating serious meals.

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