Speakers emphasize moving beyond the two-state solution.
“The time has come to embrace the 650,000 people who live in Judea and Samaria. The time has come to find an alternative to the two-state solution . . . we are not going to give away our land anymore. We don’t believe in land for peace. It’s been tested and it’s failed.”
— Yishai Fleisher, spokesman for the Jewish settlers in Hebron
Israeli and American leaders from the Jewish and Christian communities spoke at a packed event on Monday at the historic Sixth and I Synagogue in downtown DC, which focused on combating the de-legitimization of Israel through the embrace of Judea and Samaria.
Yishai Fleisher, the international spokesman for the Jewish community in Hebron, was the master of ceremonies for the event, which featured products that are affected by the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement including dates from the Jordan Valley, halva from Ariel, wines from Psagot and Shiloh, Carni Eldad’s book “Yesha is Fun,” and Saboneto soaps and Argon oil.
Partners for the event included the Jordan Valley Regional Council, Yesha Council, Binyamin Regional Council, Hebron, Ariel University, One Israel Fund, Christian Friends of Israeli Communities, Judea and Samaria Chamber of Commerce, and of course the Ministry of Strategic Affairs.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach gave a passionate speech. He said he would not accept that the Jewish people should “forfeit their ancient inheritance which defines their national identity and allows them to be a great light unto the nations. My God! My God! Do we really want for our Palestinian brothers and sisters the forfeiture of Yehuda and Shomron so that a Hamas government can be elected and innocent Palestinian girls who have a boyfriend will be put to death by their brothers, or by their cousins, for the sin of falling in love?”