Regavim – Restoring Common Sense Governance & Sovereign Thinking

The popular Lunch Break Together for Shleimus HaAretz hosted on Zoom by Tamar Adelstein and Crown Heights Women for the Safety and Integrity of Israel met this past March 10th for another enlightening and informative conversation with Naomi Kahn who is the International Director for Regavim.

Naomi last joined us in January to talk about the Electricity Law and its impact for the Negev.  A master at making complex situations understandable, Naomi’s lovely demeanor and display of visual aids easily held our attention and left us up-to-date and well-informed about the issues that follow.




Regavim is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2006 by a group of professionals dedicated to protecting Israel’s national interests.  Operating within the framework of the law, Regavim uses cutting-edge methods to analyze, elucidate and amend, where needed, government policies pertaining to land use and the environment and accompanying issues such as social-welfare, housing and security.

Regavim’s research and recommendations support and promote common sense governance and preserve our G-d given eternal legacy to and modern-day sovereign rights over the Land of Israel.  Regavim has also conducted a serious and compassionate analysis of the plight of Arab women and children caught in the cycle of polygamous marriages.

In our view, an organization like Regavim is right in sync with the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s directives for upholding Israel’s territorial integrity, security and settlement which the Rebbe referred to as Shleimus HaAretz – an obligation, he stressed, belonging to every Jew.


The most recent acts of lawlessness in the Negev and in Judea and Samaria can no longer be ignored if Israeli society is going to be able to function normally.  “And,” says Naomi, “everyone knows it.”

Thus, the Kaminetz Law, for which Regavim laid the groundwork, ensures that an orderly and enforceable system is in place for planning and construction on the national and local level.  While land surveys, infrastructure, safety codes and the thousand other myriad little details that go into planning may seem dry and boring, done right guarantees well-built, architecturally sound, and aesthetically nice-looking homes, towns and cities.

The free-for-all illegal snatching of public and privately owned land, haphazard construction, theft of electricity, gas, and water from the National Grid, not to mention the lackadaisical approach to sewage and waste management, found to occur most often in the Arab sector, would never be tolerated in another First World country. But that had been the situation all over Israel before the long overdue Kaminetz Law was passed in 2017 and then put to work in 2018.

The Kaminetz Law effectively reduced a huge number of violations in its first year alone.  Unfortunately, an unrelenting campaign of intimidation and threats by Ra’am and others in the Knesset resulted in most of the bill’s law enforcement power being frozen in November 2020 for a period of two years.  How ridiculous is that?!




By the end of WWI, the Ottoman Empire had ceased to exist; its former provinces either gained independence or became mandates under the trusteeship of the Allied victors until they would be deemed ready to self-govern.

In 1920, the map of the British mandate for the Jewish homeland, based on the Balfour Declaration, covered the outline of today’s modern State of Israel, in which Judea, Samaria and Gaza are visibly, undisputedly, included.  The mandate also included the addition of a large eastern wing that extended past the Jordan River, up to the border with Iraq.

However, Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill would soon slice off the extension and give it a newly minted kingdom called Jordan, in reward he would claim, for the Iraqi HaShemite clan’s service to the Crown during WWI. The 20/80 split would later be officially endorsed by the League of Nations in 1922.

The attached recording covers the legal history of Israeli laws pertaining to land ownership. Regavim works to repeal Ottoman and other laws that curtail Jewish rights.


Kudos to the Israeli Supreme Court who agreed with Regavim’s recent motion seeking to repeal the anti-Semitic Jordanian Law #40 that prohibits the sale of land to Jews in Judea and Samaria which, for inexplicable reasons, Defense Minister Benny Gantz refuses to do.  General Gantz must respond no later than April 15th, Erev Pesach.

At a time when Jewish citizens in Israel are pining for places to live and tens of thousands of our Jewish brethren from Ukraine are arriving daily needing housing so they can begin rebuilding their war-torn lives, let up hope that common sense and sovereign thinking will prevail and the spacious untapped treasures of land in Eretz Yisroel will be opened unconditionally to one and all.

In these days before Pesach, let us root out these hate-filled restrictions against Jews and send them straight into the pile for Biur Chometz.

And now let’s give our attention to Naomi Kahn:

About the Author
I am originally from Buffalo, NY and although I did not have a religious upbringing I always felt a strong connection with Yiddishkeit and Eretz Yisroel. I still get chills recalling the moment the Rabbi announced that Israel had been attacked on Yom Kippur. In the weeks that followed, even though I really didn't understand all the details, I was the one student in my 10th grade Social Studies class who challenged our German-American teacher when he said Israel would be wiped out. Interestingly, the rest of Jewish kids in the class who came from much more Jewishly -oriented homes than I were silent. Years later I met one of them and was astounded to find out how they were all silently cheering me on. On the day the Jews were "disengaged" from Gush Katif, I was stopped in the grocery store (in Buffalo) by a little Jewish lady who whispered to me that she didn't think it was right what Israel was doing. Which just goes to show that there is a vast silent majority of Jews who agree with the Rebbe's approach to peace.
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