US Recognition of Israeli Settlements Creates a 'Revolution'

The surprise US decision to recognize Israeli settlements in the so-called West Bank as legal continues to reverberate in the region. Israelis are rejoicing as they see this land as part of their biblical inheritance. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu celebrated the US move by visiting Alon Shvut – a settlement about 15 miles from Jerusalem in the heart of Gush Etzion.“The Trump administration fixed a historic wrong, stood by truth and justice,” Netanyahu said. “I think it is a great day for the state of Israel and an achievement that will remain for decades."Gush Etzion, one of Israel’s largest settlement blocks. It’s known in much of the world as the West Bank, but in the Bible its known as Judea, part of Israel’s biblical heartland.“Judea and Samaria are terms that were used in the Bible,” said Shalev Cayam, CFO of the Gush Etzion Regional Council."We’re talking about actual lands that the Jewish people lived in – the stories of Isaiah and the stories of Jeremiah. These stories happened in these lands. These are places where Elijah walked and lived. All these things that we read both in the Bible and that we live in our lifestyle. These are all things that happened here and are now being revived,” Cayman told CBN News.Shlomo Ne’eman, Head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, says while Israelis don’t need the world to agree on their biblical right to be here, he’s happy with the historic decision.“For the number one player in the international arena to add this opinion, that from our standpoint is the right opinion that Jewish settlement in the State of Israel, the Land of Israel, in Judea and Samaria is not against international law, this thing is a revolution, ...Read more

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