This morning, Israel's civil administration workers, IDF soldiers, policemen, and Yasam riot police arrived at settlements around the Shomron, mine included, to deliver official notices that the municipal right of issuing building permits has been unequivocally revoked by the State of Israel.
The State of Israel has effectively frozen all building, expansion, and construction -- making it "illegal" to even repave your driveway.
Our municipality sent out SMS messages, emails and beeper messages urging residents to protest -- and many did.
Unfortunately, this seems all to reminiscent of the evil orders from Sharon's government that arrived before the eviction and destruction of Gush Katif. IDF soldiers delivering "official" notice that houses were to be destroyed, and the residents were to be evicted.
Everyone know what happened to those evicted -- that most of them today still have no permanent housing solutions, unemployment is well over 50%, and whole communities were decimated.
And the peace that came as a result was even better; thousands of Kassam rockets. The Kidnapping of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.
And when Israel defended itself, foolishly thinking that having evicted all Jews from Gaza that the world would accept our self-defense strategy -- we received wall to wall condemnation, even from the Honorable Jewish Judge Goldstone.
Wake up Israel.
Stopping Jewish construction in the settlements will bring no peace, no favor from the world, and will only lead to more and more bloodshed and concessions.
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