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July 27, 2012: Sovereignty

July 27, 2012

On July 15, I wrote about the Second Annual Conference Regarding Sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, held in Hevron and sponsored by the Women in Green.

Now the Women in Green has put up videos of all of the talks at the Conference, with simultaneous voice over translation.

I would like to recommend several lectures, each about 10 minutes in length, which you are likely to find informative, insightful or encouraging:

Rabbi Professor Daniel Hershkowitz, head of the Bayit Hayehudi party, gave the keynote talk with an impassioned plea for extending sovereignty over all the land:



Attorney Gershon Mesika, the head of the Shomron (Samaria) Regional Council, echoed Hershkowitz’s theme and delivered the very important message that it begins with our believing in ourselves.  He tells a fascinating story about how this is so:



MK Uri Ariel (National Union) provided a practical approach to how to proceed, one step at a time, with a somewhat different perspective than that of Rabbi Hershkowitz.



Attorney Daphne Netanyahu, editor of the Hebrew “Maraah” [mirror] Internet magazine, spoke about the need for us to be prepared to accept sovereignty.



Caroline Glick, columnist, JPost senior editor, and associate to significant groups in the US, reviewed different scenarios and what we are likely to have to contend with:



Attorney Itzik Bam gave a fascinating background explanation for the legal parameters of the current situation:



Attorney Howard Grief gave background on our historical and legal rights in the land, based on his many years of research on the subject.  His take is a bit different from Bam’s.



MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) spoke about her intentions of fighting for recognition of our rights to the land.



Enjoy! The entire program can be found here:



Tonight the Olympic Games begin in London, absent an official memorial to the 11 Israelis who were slain at the Games in Munich 40 years ago.  There was a ceremony four days ago done by the Israelis, and yesterday 15 members of Congress on Thursday held a moment of silence on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol.  And tonight — bravo to him! — NBC’s Bob Costas for planning his own moment of silence.

Remember them, please:

        Credit: JPost


This is fairly incredible (or maybe not): White House press secretary Jay Carney during the Thursday press briefing refused to answer a straightforward question whether the US considers Jerusalem or Tel Aviv to be Israel’s capital.

See a video clip at Israel National News:



On the other hand, this is welcome news:

This week, US Air Force Secretary Michael Donley announced that the behemoth bunker buster, that has been in development for years, is ready to be used, if necessary.  The bomb, which weighs some 30,000 pounds and is 20.5 feet long, can penetrate up to 200 feet underground through bunker concrete before exploding.

Also this week, US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, said it is not clear whether there will be more negotiations with Iran.


Romney is coming to Israel early next week.


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