City of Ariel

Inside the Fence

In Ariel City, Letters on September 24, 2003 at 12:17 pm

Dear Friends,

Ariel has been prominent in the media of late and I wanted to make sure that our friends fully understand recent events and are not dependent only on the media for information.

There has been much talk about the separation fence and whether or not Ariel will be “inside” the fence. Because Ariel is the largest Jewish city in Samaria and well known internationally, the headlines read Ariel when it should be the “Ariel Bloc”. This is an area that includes not only Ariel but Karnei Shomron, Kedumim, Emanuel and a number of smaller communities. Moreover, it is important to know that almost 50,000 Jews and only some 4,000 Arabs live in the “Ariel Bloc”.

The Israeli government says this fence is a security fence, with no political ramifications. I would prefer to see no fence built at all. If, however, a security fence is being built then the people of Ariel and the area, taxpayers all, who serve faithfully in the IDF, deserve that protection as much as the people of any other Israeli city.

Let us hope that in this New Year, our government will be gifted with wisdom and make decisions that lead to a peaceful and secure year for all of Israel.

In Ariel, we will continue to make the welfare of the residents our first priority, to see in them our most precious asset. We will continue to make Ariel attractive to new immigrants from around the world, investing our skills and resources in facilitating their integration. And with your help, we will continue to provide the people of Ariel with the safest and richest quality of life we can.

I wish you all a joyous year, a year rich in special moments with family and friends, a year of prosperity, peace and security. Shana Tova!

Sincerely,

Ron Nachman

Mayor of Ariel

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