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Feb 24, 2014

Haredi settlers offer voluntary evacuation from Judea and Samaria towns

In the past, whenever there was discussion of the possibility of peace negotiations leading to a withdrawal of Israeli presence from territory to be given over to Palestinians, Haredi leaders would justify the Haredi presence in such territories as being different than the style of the presence of the general settler community.

While the settler community is largely found in towns and villages throughout Judea and Samaria out of ideology, the haredi towns and villages are there not out of ideology but due to the low cost of housing. They would then use this justification with both the government and the Palestinian leadership to try to ensure that Haredi areas would not be included in any withdrawal.

All that is changing now. The haredim are so upset with the Habayit Hayehudi people, for their involvement in the shivyon bnetel law which will presumably bring about the drafting of yeshiva bochurim, that they are willing now to even give up their own houses in order to promote the idea of an evacuation of the Israeli presence in Judea and Samaria.

"Hundreds" of residents of Haredi towns such as Beitar Ilit and Modiin Ilit have drafted a letter and sent it to the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in which they voluntarily offer to be evacuated in the event of a peace agreement. They explicitly say in the letter that they offer this support for a deal and would voluntarily evacuate because of the "decrees" and the criminal sanctions imposed upon them.
source: Kooker and Kikar

While they think they are taking out revenge on Habayit Hayehudi, they somehow do not realize that Habayit Hayehudi does not own the country - their offer is to give up Eretz Yisrael because they are upset at one group of people. If this was their ideology, peace at all costs, that would be consistent and fine. However, because it is not their ideology, it is just spiteful stupidity.

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  1. It is worse then stupidity, it is assur min hatorah to take revenge on another Jew. Of course there is the halachic issue of giving back land as well.

    See my posts The Charedi parties are threatening revenge on the Bayit Hayehudi - Is that the Torah way? and Charedi parties threatening revenge - Part 2

  2. As long as they don't come to Beit Shemesh. I am SICK of non-taxpaying cranky people.

  3. Haredim don't have an ideology when it comes for land for peace. It is all a quesiton of pragmatics. If they are telling Netanyahu that they trust his judgment with regard to security issues, I don't see why that should bother anyone.

  4. It's cutting off your nose to spite your face. Totally agree, Rafi. I think it's worth pointing out, though, that this is a minority of people saying this, and I doubt that most Haredim think this way.

  5. It's probably just renters from those towns anyway. If the Charedi cities were put through a pinui ch"v they couldn't recover financially - and it would be more than army driving them to move to chu"l.

  6. This is an old story. Some years ago the NYTimes covered the Charedi settlements. They were quoted as saying (paraphrase) "We didn't know this was a settlement. Give us our money back and we'll leave." As if it were possible to build another Charedi town overnight, when the country is still suffering from a housing shortage. One would think that after the settlement freeze hurt Charedim, they would realize that we all live in one country.

    כי אם החרש תחרישי בעת הזאת רוח והצלה יעמוד ליהודים ממקום אחר ואת ובית אביך תאבדו


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