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Letter from Ariel’s mayor, Ron Nachman

In International on May 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm

5/31/11

Dear Friends,

Before sharing my thoughts on the recent discourse between the Prime Minister of Israel and the President of the United States, I wanted to let you know that I am alive and well, working full force on behalf of the City of Ariel as always. All tests show that the cancer that I fought this past year is long gone. Everything is back to normal – challenges, successes and all.

When putting the recent Washington D.C. speeches in perspective, it’s important to stress the centrality of the U.S. – Israel relationship. As the Middle East and North Africa erupt with ever-growing instability, the mutual interests of the U.S. and Israel become clearer and the ties between us are tightened.

Regarding the speeches themselves, President Obama’s recognition of Israel’s needs for security measures is extremely important. However, beyond rhetoric, what does that commitment amount to? How is Israel expected to defend itself In the face of military attacks and the recent tactic of civilian masses charging our borders? We heard much about international expectations of what Israel has to sacrifice, but nothing about what the international community will do to ensure Israel’s security. This is worrisome.

Prime Minister Netanyahu did an excellent job identifying the issues as they are. In a time when the Arabs try to convince the world that we have no rights to our Land, Prime Minister Netanyahu stressed our biblical connection to the home of our forefathers – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Both houses of Congress rose to their feet repeatedly in support of Israel, as our Prime Minister proudly proclaimed that Israel is our ancestral land – a land which is ours and which we reserve the right to defend as we see fit.

Indeed, watching the overwhelming support for the Prime Minister in Congress reminds us of our friends across America. Whether Jew or Christian – the impact of your unwavering love and active support for Israel echoed across Washington DC and resonated throughout the world. It is astounding and heartwarming to see what you have accomplished. Thank you.

I urge you to be encouraged and steadfast in your commitment to Israel. We hear much of a supposed unilateral attempt at recognition of a Palestinian Authority state. Fear not. No matter what may be in September, Ariel will continue to be strong. The undeniable reality of the City of Ariel will not be undermined by those who wish Israel harm. We have, are and will be here. The world will continue to go round in September, and in October and thereafter. We will continue to do our part, and we know that you will continue to do yours.

In conclusion, Prime Minister Netanyahu has graciously offered the Palestinian Authority an opportunity to declare their recognition of Israel as the Jewish State. If they deny our existence then the problem is theirs and theirs alone. Similarly, the Arabs need to understand that Israel simply will not commit suicide by returning to the pre-1967 armistice lines. The Jewish People will not forfeit our Homeland, only to wait another 2000 years for its rebirth. Everyone – both our friends and our enemies- need to understand that Ariel will continue to be the backbone of Israel’s security. We’re here to stay.

Friends; take pride in Ariel, and in your relationship with this wonderful city. Although wse have much to accomplish we’re well on our way.

Sincerely,

Ron Nachman

Mayor of Ariel

Ron Nachman: Arabs Occupied – by PA

In International, National on May 6, 2011 at 9:12 am

Israel Nationa News

by Maayana Miskin

May 6, 2011

Mayor Ron Nachman

Israel is not an occupier in Judea and Samaria, according to Mayor Ron Nachman of Ariel, who spoke this week with Arutz Sheva’s Hebrew-language news service. If Arabs living in the region are under a form of occupation, the occupier is the Palestinian Authority, he added.

Nachman recently joined several other Israeli leaders in Judea and Samaria in sending a strongly-worded letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon arguing on behalf of Jewish and Israeli rights in Judea and Samaria, and against the establishment of a PA state in the region.

International law clearly shows that Israel is not an occupier, Nachman said. He noted that several leading figures in the field of international law have reached the same conclusion.

Israel is not an occupier because Judea and Samaria were never an independent political entity, he explained. Historically this was understood, he said, pointing out that Egypt and Jordan were never referred to as “occupying” Judea, Samaria or Gaza when they controlled those territories between 1949 and 1967. During that time local Arabs did not accuse them of occupation or seek to establish an independent state.

The real occupying power is the Palestinian Authority, which oppresses Arabs in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, denies them rights such as freedom of speech, and steals their money and worsens their lives through corruption, Nachman accused. “They should ask the Palestinian leaders how they got to be multi-millionaires. I remember when they came from Beirut… They took control of everything here,” he said.

The PA itself is proof that Israel is not an occupier, he noted, as the PA operates entirely independently of Israel, with complete freedom to appoint its own leaders, make its own laws, and enforce those laws on residents of areas under its control.

He expressed concern over the PA’s plan to unilaterally declare a state in the entire region of Judea and Samaria, as well as in Gaza and eastern, northern and southern Jerusalem. “The instant they establish a state, they will immediately accuse Jews in Judea and Samaria of invading their state, and it won’t matter that the state was created that day and we were there the day before,” he said.

Israeli politicians must speak strongly on behalf of Israel’s rights, and must openly state that Israel is not an occupying power and has national rights in Judea and Samaria, Nachman said. He called on Ban Ki-Moon and on European leaders to recognize that fact as well.

“The truth must come to light. The truth is that Israel is the state least guilty of occupation. It does not occupy, but is here by right, we have a right to this land, and that is what we must explain. You cannot be the owner and an occupier at the same time,” he declared.