22 of the Third Month 5772
Arutz 7: Katif Expelees Stuck as Caravans Taken for Expulsion
Expelee families have new jobs, new schools, but nowhere to live as government reassigns their new caravan homes to Beit El.
Maayana Miskin, June 8, 2012
The government’s plan to demolish homes in Beit El’s Ulpana neighborhood threatens to leave more than one set of families homeless. In addition to the 30 families facing eviction in Beit El, 40 young families of Gush Katif expellees are facing the prospect of another year in the temporary caravan sites that have become long-term homes.
The young families were told they could start a long-awaited mass relocation to the Lachish region and would be given 40 mobile homes to stay in while they wait for construction of permanent homes. The families underwent the complicated process of finding work in the Lachish region and registering their children to local schools.
Then, just weeks before the move was to take place, government officials informed them that the mobile homes they had been promised would be taken to Beit El instead, to be used as housing for the more than 140 people facing eviction.
“It’s adding insult to injury,” said Eitan Ben-Hor, a member of the administrative committee for the planned Lachish-region town Bnei Dekalim.
“We’re families who want to move forward to permanent communities – not to have things easy, but to sacrifice in order to push things forward,” he said. “Suddenly at the last second they take the caravans in order to expel other people.”
“I’m not disappointed,” he added. “As someone from Gush Katif I don’t expect too much from the state. But I’m shocked by the lack of compassion. There are really no words to describe it.”
Let's take a look at the big picture, the picture of what is really going on here.
תלמוד בבלי, מסכת סנהדרין צז,א
תניא ר' יהודה אומר דור שבן דוד בא בו בית הוועד יהיה לזנות והגליל יחרב והגבלן יאשם ואנשי גבול יסובבו מעיר לעיר ולא יחוננו וחכמת הסופרים תסרח ויראי חטא ימאסו ופני הדור כפני כלב והאמת נעדרת שנאמר (ישעיהו נט,טו) ותהי האמת נעדרת וסר מרע משתולל
Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a
It was taught, Rabbi Yehudah said: In the generation when the son of David comes, the house of assembly will be for harlots, the Galilee will be in ruins, Gablan will lie desolate, the residents from the border towns will wander about from city to city, receiving no comfort (hospitality), the wisdom of scribes will be in disfavor, God-fearing men will be despised, people will be dog-faced, and the truth will be absent, as it is said, "And the truth is absent, and he who withdraws from evil makes himself prey." (Isaiah 59:15)
Is the Galilee in ruins, from Hizbollah's missiles? Does the Gablan lie desolate from the same? Has the wisdom of the sages of today been rejected? Are God-fearing men despised? Has the truth disappeared (into spread out sections)?
I believe that I discussed this originally with Tomer Devorah, a long time ago.
We can debate this passage, and its relevance, to our day another time.
For now, I will simply point out the eerie parallel between the fate of the former residents of Azza (Gaza) and the portion marked in red.
Clearly they have not found rest or comfort over the seven years. Furthermore, many of the residents of Elei Sinai were already expelled once, from Yamit in the Sinai.
Our "rule of thumb," so to speak, is that negative prophecies do not have to be fulfilled, not if we do teshuvah (repentance). But, teshuvah is not just saying we're sorry. It's not just asking for forgiveness. It's not just having regret.
It's also about changing our behavior, and making a commitment to do our best not to repeat our same mistakes again.
In order to do this, we must first determine what those mistakes are.
Let's think back seven years in Azza. There was very little resistance, and the little resistance was undermined by the YeSh"A (AKA Pesha, AKA Resha) Council.
Now, let's look at Beth-El, where even one of it's own "rabbis" says that he won't participate in any protests against the destruction of several (not at all small) apartment buildings. No doubt, many will follow him, due to his "charisma," not his halakhic support for what he proclaims.
I'm gonna go out on a limb here (not really), and suggest that trusting in the government is one of those mistakes.
When will we finally learn?
If we do not learn from our mistakes, and continue to repeat them, I have no doubt that the fulfillment of negative prophecies will become an regular part of our lives in Israel. May God forbid!