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A Fourth Term

In Ariel City, Letters on September 18, 2000 at 12:28 pm

Dear Friends,

On May, 2000, for the fourth consecutive time, I ran for Mayor of Ariel in the municipal elections. Once again the public overwhelmingly expressed confidence in me and my team, giving us a 77% victory in the mayoral race and 7 of the 11 city council seats. These results are unprecedented for Israel, particularly for a fourth term of office.

Among the many election issues during the campaign, the important work of Friends of Ariel around the world and the amount contributed annually to foster the development of social services and facilities in our city played an important role. These generous gifts to our community, earmarked for projects in areas like education, health and welfare services, immigrant absorption, recreation facilities and religious services, benefit each and every Ariel family.  The voters wanted to ensure that the co-operation between the leadership of our city and these wonderful friends continues.

I want to convey my heartfelt thanks to all of you for your help and good wishes on my election. My victory is your victory, as well, for our goals are one: to further the growth of Ariel by improving the quality of life in the city and in doing so, strengthening Israel, the Jewish Homeland.

The fulfillment of these goals becomes more important with every passing day. Seven years ago, at the time of the first Oslo Accords, I wrote that no Israeli government would be able to reach an agreement on three major issues: 1. the establishment of a Palestinian State in all of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, with Israel returning to its pre-1967 borders; 2. the division of Jerusalem to create a Palestinian capital and 3. the return of million of Arab “refugees”. Moreover, I warned that in attempting to do so, the government of Israel would be embarking upon a collision course. I repeat that warning today.

Peace is not the Palestinian goal. No matter how many concessions Israel makes, the Palestinians will never be satisfied, as long as Israel is a presence in the in the Middle East. To the Arabs, we are the “Infidels” and the so-called “peace process” is simply a way of playing for time.

We made great concessions to reach a peace agreement with Egypt, yet Mubarak has never made a state visit to Israel (he only came for Prime Minister Rabin’s funeral) and there is virtually no Egyptian tourism to Israel. Is this peace? We have given almost all of Gaza and 40% of Judea and Samaria to Arafat and the PLO, something no Arab country has ever done. When Jordan and Egypt controlled these territories, they were never prepared to give up land to establish a Palestinian State. Only Israel has done that and it is still not enough. The Palestinians continue to spill Jewish blood and Israel continues to give in.

The Prime minister and his government were willing to concede the Golan Heights to Syria but that did not bring peace. We must ask ourselves why?

The behavior of this government, its disregard for democracy and administrative norms and its disrespect for the Knesset have gone beyond all acceptable limits. And all this has been done with the excuse that it is to further the “peace process”; in other words, everything is permissible – abandoning moral and ethical codes, damaging Jewish values and Jewish rights – in the name of that media catchword, “peace”.

If a foreign government would do what our government is doing, with the support of US President Clinton, cries of anti-Semitism would be heard around the world. Imagine the American Administration deciding that 1/3 of the Jews of California – America’s West bank – were to be transferred east of the State line. Would this be acceptable? Yet, the Jewish world establishment remains quiet as Jewish rights in their own land are threatened.

It would be easy for us, here in Ariel to do the same. Ariel is not at risk. Ariel is a “consensus” city today, considered non- negotiable by every major political party in Israel. But here are some 80,000 residents of Judea and Samaria whose homes, whose very futures are in danger. It is my responsibility – all of our responsibilities – to act on their behalf.

It is my hope that our American friends will contact their political representatives, Congressmen and Senators, and tell them to stop pressuring Israel. We, Israelis, whose children serve in the Israel Defense Forces, want peace, more than anything but we want a real peace, a peace that comes with security, trade, tourism and cultural exchanges, a peace that will hold for our children and their children.

May this New Year bring Peace to all of Israel and to you and your families a happy, healthy and prosperous year.

Sincerely,

Ron Nachman

Mayor of Ariel

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Re-Election

In Ariel City, Letters on June 16, 1995 at 11:32 am

Dear Friends, 

On May 23, 1995, I was re-elected Mayor of Ariel for a third term with an unprecedented majority of over 85%. Moreover, my list for the City Council won 8 of the 11 council seats. Clearly, I am gratified by this overwhelming vote of confidence and I am very aware that it carries with it a tremendous burden of responsibility, particularly in terms of Ariel’s future. In light of the current political climate, that future sometimes seems uncertain and often, dangerous – not only for the people of Ariel but for all of Israel and all of the Jewish people. 

We are in the midst of a serious crisis. The basic Jewish values upon which the State of Israel was founded, the strong sense of national identity that has always characterized the Israeli people seems to have vanished. When an Israeli Deputy Minister can request that the words “Nefesh Yehudi” be removed from Israel’s national anthem, we see how dangerous the situation has become. For without this “Nefesh Yehudi”, without the Jewish soul and spirit, there is no Jewish people, no Eretz Yisrael, no Torah. 

This atmosphere is a by-product of the agreement, signed between the government of Israel and the PLO, an agreement that brought an army of terrorists from Tunisia and Beirut to new bases in cities only a mile from Kfar-Saba, 9 miles from Netanya and 15 miles from Tel Aviv. 

Aware that his political future is tied to that of Arafat, Prime Minister Rabin is prepared to go to any lengths to keep the PLO leader strong. He is willing to give away the assets of the Jewish people and receive nothing in return. For the only things this agreement has brought us are death and bloodshed. 

The brave families of Judea, Samaria, Gaza and the Golan Heights are the only “impediments” to Rabin’s plan and so he has singled them out for the fiercest abuse. He has established policies that harm our children’s education, that deny benefits to immigrants and elderly in the region, that negatively affect the income of thousands of young families. His hope is that, under this non-stop pressure, people will give up and leave their homes. If that does not work, he will use the IDF to “transfer” them physically.

Every government is entitled to set its own policies and establish its own priorities. That is the democratic way. But the prime directive of a democratic government must be to protect and defend its citizens and provide them with their basic needs. A government that neglects its citizens’ needs and endangers their security has betrayed the people’s trust and must face the consequences. 

Yes, the government has the right to set its policies, but it does not have the right to single out one sector of its citizens for discrimination. A prime minister that reveals in every interview in the written or broadcast media his extreme distaste for 140,000 men, women and children who have fulfilled their Zionist ideology by settling in Judea and Samaria, that incites against them consistently, is no longer the leader of all of the people. 

At the same time that the government holds back budgets for Jewish communities in Judea & Samaria, Rabin and Peres jetset around the world trying to raise funds for Arafat. While their agents prohibit the Jewish Agency from providing assistance for the Jews in Eretz Yisrael, they devote their efforts to strengthening the terrorist haven in Gaza. Our Arab neighbors look on and laugh. They themselves, of course do not contribute funds to support their PLO brothers. They do not need to. After all, American taxpayers are doing it for them. 

This is Rabin’s solution to the 100 year Arab-Israeli conflict. Every Prime Minister since the founding of the state of Israel has sought avenues to peace, but peace with security. Any Prime Minister could have chosen to give half the country away in the hope that the problem would go away. For this, our Prime Minister received the Nobel Peace Prize. But this is no solution. This is an ostrich approach – a hope that if you push the problem out of your sight, it will disappear. All Rabin has really accomplished is endangering Israel’s security and not only for the present-day Israeli population but for generations to come. 

We, in Ariel, have crated a strong political fact – almost 15,000 people, thousands of children, 6 schools, the College of Judea & Samaria with over 4000 students, an industrial area with 110 plants and factories producing 500 million dollars worth of goods – all evidence that this is no temporary settlement. Ariel is a permanent and strong, dynamic young city and our strength radiates outwards to tens of other communities in the area. Only as long as these communities remain strong will we be able to prevent katyushas from hitting Tel Aviv, to keep Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, undivided, to protect Israel’s borders. 

We are doing our part but we need your help in our struggle to ensure Israel’s future. Stand with us now – politically, morally, financially – so that the government’s discriminatory policies will not destroy the communities that are keeping Israel strong. 

Sincerely, 

Ron Nachman

Mayor of Ariel