There is an ongoing controversy behind the settlements in the land of Israel known as Judea and Samaria. On Focus On Israel, Laurie Cardoza-Moore reveals why this little area, incorrectly called the West Bank, has become a focal point of dispute and is at the center of the world’s attention.

Danny Ayalon, a former deputy foreign minister and Israeli ambassador to the U.S., highlights an informative video piece produced by Stand With Us, a highly-respected pro-Israel organization. The video shows how disinformation was used to accuse Israel as the aggressor in 1967 when it reclaimed Judea and Samaria from illegal occupation by Jordan.

Special guest Eve Harrow is a resident of Judea and Samaria in the city of Efrat. Her pro-Israel activity began in her native Los Angeles and has only deepened with her life’s connection to Israel. Since the early 90s she has made an impact as a passionate spokesperson of the right of Jews to live in this part of Israel’s biblical heartland. She presently hosts a weekly radio show on Israel National Radio with a global audience of Jews and non-Jews alike.

“The problem we have now is not a territorial issue,” Harrow said. “It’s the inability of the Islamic/Arab world to accept any Jewish entity in its midst whatsoever.”

She went on to say the reason “land for peace” or a two-state solution will not work is that if the Arabs are given land to form a Palestinian state, it will become a enemy state of Israel. Eve concluded, “What really frightens me is that we are not dealing with reality and the price we are going to pay is going to be very, very high.”

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New friends to Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, Moshe and Leigh Goldsmith, live in the beautiful hills of Samaria. The Goldsmiths made “aliyah” to Israel in 1985. Like the pioneers of old who left the safety of established civilization and set their roots in new territory, they helped establish a settlement that has grown into the vibrant town of Itamar. Interestingly, this was the first place that Abraham came to when he entered the land of Israel.

“After 2000 years of exile, we see prophecy coming true as we returned to our precious promised land,” Moshe said. “The Bible is the best-selling document in the world about what’s going on in Israel today. If you look in the Bible, the the places where we are pioneering today is the biblical heart land of Israel.”

He went on to say that there is no one who has more right to the land than the Jewish people. “We are not obstacles to world peace. We believe that we are fulfilling prophecy as we return to God’s land.”

Tommy Waller is another guest on Focus On Israel who has made it his mission to help the Jews of Judea and Samaria. He is the founder and executive director of HaYovel, the only international humanitarian organization supporting farming and archaeological programs in the region. Each year, HaYovel brings a growing number of volunteers to the biblical heartland to serve local farmers by harvesting grapes and olives. He highlighted the strategic need for Israel to keep this piece of property that God promised to the Jewish people thousands of years ago.

After the Six-Day War of 1967, access to the mountains of Israel was regained, but not quickly settled. It was not until 1973 and the Yom Kippur War with Syria that the drive to settle communities in Judea and Samaria was initiated. Tommy noted the significance of the growth of the settlements in the late 70s and early 80s. “If they had not been established when they were, the Oslo Accords would have immediately granted the Palestinians a state in this region,” he said.

Learn more about this controversial subject on this episode of Focus On Israel.

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