With all the international attention on the Israeli Settlements in the Shomron and Judea regions, one wonders which of the Israeli Prime Ministers was the most dynamic builder of towns and villages for the Israeli people in the strategic mountains of Central Israel? These figures were ranked and reported on Channel 10 News and the Jewish Press in Israel on January 16, 2013 and here are the surprising results.
Which Prime Minister built the Most Settlement Homes and When?
Rank Prime Minister Party Years Construction
1 Ehud Barak Labor 1999-2001 (2) 4,292
2 Benjamin Netanyahu Likud 1996-1999 (3) 3,194
3 Shimon Peres Labor 1995-1996 (1) 2,443
4 Ariel Sharon Likud 2001-2006 (5) 1,826
5 Ehud Olmert Kadima 2006-2009 (3) 1,741
6 Benjamin Netanyahu Likud 2009-2012 (3-4) 1,168
Shimon Peres has been known as the ultimate globalist. As a Jesuit trained Jew, he tried valiantly to give away Jerusalem to the Vatican with the Oslo Accord, but the hand of G-d prevented it from happening. Even so, for serving for less than a year as prime minister of Israel, Shimon Peres was probably per month the most prolific builder in Israel according to the construction statistics, yet we do not know the tenders for buildings that were not completed.
Ehud Barak, in spite of his reputation of destroying outposts and isolated communities appears to be also one of the most prolific builders in the last five administrations. At the same time, he almost gave away the entire region of Shomron and Judea to Arafat and the Palestinians but, Arafat refused and gave Israel instead the 2nd Palestinian Intifada and spilled the blood of over 1,000 Jews by suicide bombers.
Benjamin Netanyahu was a great builder in his first three year term in office and only a third as many homes built in his second three year term. He worked so hard for a Palestinian State Agreement that he gave up 80% of ancient biblical city of Hebron to the Palestinian government plus control over the Tomb of the Patriarchs to Yasser Arafat. The Hebron Protocol was a complex framework that would have implemented eventually the Oslo II agreement and a Palestinian State. Yet, the Israeli people were not with him and he lost his bid for his next term in office to Shimon Peres.
Returning back to politics ten years later, we notice a significant drop in the building construction of Prime Minister Netanyahu. The primary reason was that he stopped all building construction for over 10 months to honor the Palestinian’s desire for a peaceful transition into a national state under one condition; accept the sovereign State of Israel and the Jewish people to live in peaceful coexistence with each other. Abbas refused.
The last two years were still dismal in housing tenders rendered yet 30% of the tenders never became Jewish homes for Israelis to live in them.
With 2013, a new beginning of a new term in office, Netanyahu quickly promised up to 3,000 new home starts, part in retaliation with the Palestinians going before the United Nations to become a non-member observer state. Will these be just tenders or actual new homes build in Israeli soil? To honor his commitments to the Israel people, will he allow them to build their own homes that have clear titles and will not be taken away from them by false claims of Palestinian ownership and international pressure?
Ariel Sharon for all his bravado of being a friend of the Jewish settlers was a remarkably poor supporter of Israeli homes and their construction over the five years he served as Prime Minister. Even so he became renowned for his unilateral 2005 disengagement of which 10,000 Israelis were forcibly evacuated and sent into exile from their homes, nurseries, and synagogues in Gush Katif in the Gaza region. This supposedly tide of Muslim affirmation that would come by Sharon’s gesture to the Gaza people was swept up by the rising tide of the militant Muslim Brotherhood called the Hamas who took over Gaza in 2006. These were the dark years of modern Israeli history. The judgment of G-d against Sharon has left him in a vegetative state of living death since that day.
Even worse, during Ehud Olmert’ three year term, he was the one prime minister who almost gave away the entire region of Samaria and Judea and half of Jerusalem to the Palestinians. He apparently desired to do so without real pressure from the international community.
Once again the hand of G-d ‘hardened the hearts of the Palestinian leaders.’ He was a poor military strategist and triggered an Islamic militant resurgence against the State of Israel, which Netanyahu had had to cope after the 2009 Hizbullah-Lebanon War against Israel; a war apparently guiding by Rome and the international community and halted by the Rome Accord in the fall of 2009 with left United Nations observers watching Israel but not necessarily protecting her from Islamic terrorists.
Which Prime Minister issued the most Housing Construction Tenders?
Year Prime Minister Party Tenders Subtotal
2002 Ariel Sharon Likud 689
2003 Ariel Sharon Likud 2508
2004 Ariel Sharon Likud 912
2005 Ariel Sharon Likud 1184 Ariel Sharon
5293 for 1,826 homes
2006 Ehud Olmert Kadima 919
2007 Ehud Olmert Kadima 65
2008 Ehud Olmert Kadima 539 Ehud Olmert
1523 for 1,741 homes (115%)
2009 Benjamin Netanyahu Likud 0
2010 Benjamin Netanyahu Likud 0
2011 Benjamin Netanyahu Likud 1009
2012 Benjamin Netanyahu Likud 660 Benjamin Netanyahu (70%)
1669 for 1,168 homes
What is most interesting, do we notice that the building tenders initiated by both Prime Ministers Ehud Olmert and Benjamin Netanyahu approved were about the same number for the construction of new Jewish homes in the Shomron and Judean settlements? Yet, the administration of Ehud Olmert built 115% more homes than the tenders he granted. Netanyahu built only 70% of the homes from the tenders his administration granted.
Do these facts suggest that Netanyahu publically announced more tenders than he knew his administration would allow to be built into homes? It is true that Benyamin Netanyahu began his administration in Israel about the same time as Barak Hussein Obama’s administration did in 2009 in America. The international “lovers of Israel” have watched with dismay as the American White House has become progressively dismissive and later abusive to Prime Minister Netanyahu. Politically taking the taking the brunt of the world opinion on the housing tenders in which his administration has granted, the facts on the ground have witnessed that there were 45% less homes built during Netanyahu’s last administration.
It is known that the Netanyahu administration has concentrated on building the infrastructure such as homes, schools, children’s parks, and electrical, water and sewage resources for the building of new communities. Will he now be willing to build more homes, or just publically grant the building tenders and not build the homes?
Yet, we notice that Ariel Sharon issued 5,293 tenders over five years of which only 1,826 homes were constructed. This was a very poor showing for a prime minister who began politics and became known as the “Father of the Jewish settlement movement.” As Daniela Weiss, West Bank Settlement mayor once stated:
Daniela Weiss - “Ariel Sharon can be definitely be considered historically as the “Daddy of the Settlement Movement.” There is “Father” and there’s “Daddy. I use the term “Daddy” because he accompanied us, taking us by the hand from one hill to the other.”
It appeared that Sharon lost his vision, and his bravery of committing himself to the defense of the Jewish settlers.
Years later Sharon explains his settlement policy as follows:
Ariel Sharon - “In my opinion what determines our fate for many generations to come are the Jewish settlements. Without underestimating the importance of war and military combat in the defense of our country, I think that in establishing settlements in the Galilee, in the Negev, in the Golan Heights, in Judea and Samaria, in the Jordan Valley and in the Gaza Strip I had the privilege as the chairman of the Settlement Affairs Ministers Committee and as the Defense Minister to decide about the establishing 230 settlements all over Israel, more than 60 of which in the Galilee. To me, the settlements are the most important thing.
Even back when I was on the banks of the Suez Canal, at the end of the Six-Day War in 1967, after my division fought and broke the Egyptian formation in Um Katef, I sent a telegram to the Infantry School in Israel ordering to move it, or units of it, to the nearest Jordanian base in Nablus. Later, when I returned to the General Headquarters in my position as Head of Training Department, I moved other bases as well… This was the foundation of the Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria… It started under the Labor government of Rabin and Peres, with Kedumim and Elkana.
Moving the army bases was indeed what created the settlement map. Part of Nahal’s Basic Training Camp to Mevo Dotan, Infantry School to a base near Nablus, Horon Military Base, Military Police HQ was moved to Kadum, which is now Kedumim, Artillery Basic Training Camp was moved to Dir Sharf, which is now Shavey Shomron, Basic Training Camp 4 was moved to Beit El, Paratroopers Base to Beit Sahur near Beit Lehem, Engineering Base to Gush Etzion, Engineering Basic Training Camp to Adorayim, between Hebron and Dahariya, and to the Jordan Valley.
This is how the map was created. Later, in 1977, when the large settlement campaign began, in that night when 12 settlement groups of Gush Emunim began building their settlements, each group was directed according to the settlement map which was based on the location of those army bases. Those army bases were the first places to which Gush Emunish’s settlement groups entered.
The most important motive for settlement is historic. It was a mistake, of mine too, that for 30 years I did not stress enough the historic significance of establishing settlements in Judea and Samaria. This is indeed the birthplace of the Jewish people, and feeling your rights, which is a crucial component of security, depends first and foremost on the fact that you live in a place that’s yours.
To think that only the security factor is important was a mistake. Throughout the years, when I explained why Israel should keep Judea and Samaria and other regions, I emphasized only security reasons. While it is true that there’s no alternative to the minimal depth problem, there’s always the possibility that someone would say: ‘To solve this security problem we grant you such and such aid or guarantees or means to cope.’ The security issue is of a temporary nature and a moot point, while the historic issue, which is the real issue, if far stronger than anything else. It was a mistake. Not a personal, but rather a Zionist one.
The center of attraction to Israel is the Bible stories. The holidays, the seasons, the landscapes – everything is historic. Mearat Hamachpela (Tomb of the Patriarchs) – what nation in the world has such a monument, of almost 4,000 years, where the forefathers are buried, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Leah? We come to the United States and see Jefferson’s tomb and the Lincoln Memorial, and millions of people come and observe with excitement a thing that is 200 years old. And here we see sites that are thousands years old. This element gives power and a feeling that you have a right.”
Someday that vision will be restored, but it may take a hundred million refugees from the Lost Ten Tribes of the House of Israel embracing the courage to personally join forces with the Jews in Israel and assisting in not only holding on to Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel), but also to settle the lands of “Greater Israel.” This will establish “on the ground’ a new spiritual reality that the days of the messiah are here.
The apocalypse of that prophetic era will eclipse our old mentality that we must pay obeisance to the globalist nations of the world that will eventually seek to take possession of Israel. It will force a new reality in our minds. Will there be a Prime Minister of Israel who will stand up like the Maschiah ben Yosef and guide us in the massive reclamation program that will be needed for the “Last Exodus” of the human era? My that day speedily come!Credit to Ariel Sharon’s Life Story – “1977–1982: Settlement Fever and the Peace with Egypt”
Credit to Shalom Bear for Statistical Data – “Which Prime Minister built the most Homes in the Settlements” – Jewish Press
The G-d of Israel is quietly recreating the State of Israel to begin its final acts before the G-d of Israel takes full control of the Land of Israel. Yes, there are a lot of imperfect people seeking to restore the Land of Israel to its divine mission, the strategic planetary capital of the future Messiah son of David. Here will be a nation focused on holiness, righteousness and justice. If you believe these facts to be true, you might desire to reconnect with the Biblical portrayals of what is and will be happening in your near future.
This Biblical portrayal includes Prophecies that the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel are about to return to the Land of their Biblical Inheritance. This is Divine Destiny in living reality as the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel return to their Homelands first in Shomron (Samaria), Israel.
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