Regardless of your political opinion, today the widespread consensus is that there is no solution on the horizon and that the current political situation in the region of the country that we returned to after 1967 will continue for a long time. Hasn’t the time come to start thinking “out of the lines” and become familiar with life over the Green Line? This is exactly the goal of “Out of the Lines” – familiarity with the people, stories and everyday life in this region.
The areas that we returned to after the Six Day War are our home. The fact that others claim ownership over them does not detract from this basic fact. In these regions, the stories of the forefathers of our nation took place; the Jewish nation returned to them after the long exile in Egypt; for thousands of years, we have lived in these places and we will always return to them. We’ve come home and there’s no reason for us to leave.
There are varying opinions regarding whether leaving parts of our home will indeed advance these goals or cause the opposite effect. In reality, the regions that we returned to post-’67 serve as security zones protecting the Dan Region and Israel’s Center. They are areas that can be the basis of the solution to the country’s real estate problem, a springboard for economic growth and accelerator of economic cooperation with the Arabs of the region and neighboring countries. More on the potential contribution of these areas to Israel’s growth can be found in “The Potential” section.
Actually, the opposite is true. Giving up on the insistence on finding an artificial solution is what produces the hope of finding a real solution. We are currently in the midst of a long process involving the return of the Jewish nation to its homeland after many difficult years of exile. The result is that a process of deep and careful clarification is necessary regarding the Jewish nation, its aspirations and its security – and that process has definitely not been completed yet. The entire Middle East is undergoing political and social changes constantly. Finding a real solution will be possible after these historic processes become stabilized.
Like in any region on the periphery, most residents work in the big cities in the same professions that the rest of Israel’s citizens work. Like in all residential areas, some residents work in the educational system and in operating the local municipal systems. Some work at local businesses or in the tourism industry, since these regions are known for their beauty.
The truth is that they aren’t one homogenous group, but rather a wide variety of teenagers who live in various hilltop locations. This question definitely concerns us because they are high-quality teens who could potentially contribute a lot to Israeli society. Today, a significant educational program exists to handle the issue of youth who choose to live on hilltops, and we will be spotlighting it here on the site.
Wherever there is terror, it’s scary to live. Unfortunately, terror threatens normal life in almost every place in the country and in many places around the world too. On an everyday basis, life here is just like in any other place in Israel.
We estimate that the vast majority of residents will not be willing to live under Palestinian control or under any other foreign entity. We came here to live as a free nation in our homeland. These are the words of Israel’s national anthem – Hatikva.
Of course they do, but not at the expense of our home. The areas that we returned to after 1967 are regions of the homeland of the Jewish nation, and they need to be an inseparable part of the renewed national life of the Jewish people. These regions are also critical to maintaining the security of Israel’s citizens and developing the national economy.
Every normal person wants peace. In addition, peace is one of the most important fundamental values of the Jewish nation. However, it is necessary to clarify what is true peace and what are false visions of peace. Until now, true peace has yet to be offered to us; rather, we have been proposed peace based on temporary and sometimes even dangerous concessions. The pretense that a peace agreement can only be reached in exchange for transferring land is not correct and is definitely not the only option.
During the early days of the return to these areas after 1967, close and good neighborly relationships developed with the Arabs. Unfortunately, since the outbreak of the Intifadas and terror attacks, the good neighborly relations halted unilaterally. However, attempts are constantly being made to introduce economic, ecological, medical and educational collaboration. We believe in creating as many collaboration platforms as possible between the two nations that live here. We will be elaborating on some of these collaborations here on this website.
The percentages of illegal construction are small, and not materially different than the percentages in other regions in Israel. However, the background for this type of construction needs to be understood: fifty years have passed since the Six Day War, yet the State of Israel has still not decided what to do with the regions to which we returned. The lack of a decision to annex or transfer these lands leads to complicated situations. Close to half a million Jewish residents live in these areas. Every year, the population increases, as do their needs. When everything is prohibited, and it’s impossible to do anything concrete in response to the basic needs that arise as a result of population growth, people must resort to other solutions. The residents of Judea and Samaria are not second-rate citizens and they are entitled to full rights.
Definitely. That is how things were at the beginning, and that is what we believe will again be our reality. This is the best way to reach a complete state of true peace. Some of the content on this website will show you that it’s possible.
That is a common mistake. The latest research actually shows otherwise, as you can read here.