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HISTORIC: Knesset Repeals Disengagement Law After 18 Years

In a historic move early Tuesday morning, the Knesset approved a law repealing the Disengagement Law in northern Shomron in its second and third readings.

The law, which passed by a majority of 31 to 18, allows Israelis to return to yishuvim evacuated in 2005, including Homesh and Sa-Nur. The law specifies that the overturned ban will apply only to northern Shomron and not to Gaza.

After the law was passed, the head of the Shomron Regional Council, Yossi Dagan, who was evacuated from Sa-Nur, said Shechiyanu from the Knesset plenum.

The explanation for the law states: “The Law For The Implementation Of The Disengagement Plan was intended to legalize the displacement and deportation of approximately 10,000 people from their homes, livelihoods, and lives within the framework of the disengagement plan. The fact that not one of the goals of the disengagement plan was realized and it resulted in enormous harm instead of benefit deepens the magnitude of the injustice to the citizens whose eviction and displacement were authorized by law.”

“Therefore, it is proposed in the bill to repeal parts of the law implementing the disengagement plan, thereby expunging to some extent the State of Israel’s national and moral stain.”

The bill was proposed by Knesset members Yuli Edelstein (Likud) and Limor Son Har-Melech (Otzma Yehudit).

Following the vote, Edelstein said: “Seventeen years of attempts, an uncompromising struggle, and a strong belief in the justification of our path coalesced into one moment when the Knesset voted in favor of repealing the Disengagement. The State of Israel tonight began its recovery process from the disaster of the expulsion. History has shown and continues to show that whenever we cede parts of our homeland, terrorism increases. It is a clear and well-known equation and its results are unchanging. This is the first and significant step towards a real rectification and  the establishment of Israel in the territories of its homeland.”

Shomron Regional Council head Dagan said: “We all fought in the name of all of Am Yisrael to correct this abhorrent crime in Eretz Yisrael. Baruch Hashem, we have reached this moment…we look toward Shamayim and say to Hakadosh Baruch Hu: ‘We did our part, we restored Your kavod to Eretz Yisrael and You return the kavod of Your nation in the realization of the building of Chomesh and Sa-Nur…and other yishuvim in northern Shomron.'”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

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  1. Ok, in all seriousness, I’m thinking of moving to Chomesh. I’ve been there three times and really loved the place. It was the first place I ever got assaulted by Magav back in 2006. They then dumped me on some street corner near an Arab village from where I needed to tremp out and was lucky to get out unscathed. Oh, the memories. I am a bit low on funds right now. Are there any Yiddin here who would support me in my endeavor? I’m thinking of starting a chesed fund campaign so that you at least can off you chutznikim some opportunty to have some chelek in mitzvas yishuv haaretz (a place where currently no yishuv exists anymore). What do you think? Fund Schmendrick to settle the land? Without your support, I’ll stay here in Amerika, trying to homestead some portion here, which is okay, but I’d rather have my dagan, tirosh, yitzhar, field for my behemos there, you know, kyimei hashamayim al haaretz. Would much rather have my portion there. Who is with me? Do I have any supporters? Your encouragement will be greatly appreciated. I’m not joking. Help Schmendrick settle Yisroel. New possible campaign. It’s great too that the shekel is weak to the dollar right now, that helps. Which of you are into mitzvos?

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