The Sovereignty Vision

Sovereignty with responsibility – following the years when the Israeli Right was engaged in holding onto the Land, building communities throughout Israel, the time has come for a second level, the policy level. Since the nineties, the days of the Oslo Accords, the Israeli leadership, as well as ever-widening circles of the Israeli public, have internalized the inconceivable price of dividing the Land and the delusional idea of establishing a terror state in its heart. A price in blood of hundreds of the murdered along with the inconceivable and intolerable economic cost in addition to political isolation and international pressures to continue the withdrawals and the concessions. All of this is besides the terrible and unpardonable withdrawal from the Zionist vision, the vision of return to the cradle of the Jewish People’s homeland, the hills of Samaria and the open expanses of Judea.
Now we say “no more”. The Israeli Right is not satisfied with warning about the Left’s delusional vision; it is presenting its own plan which entails the application of full sovereignty in all regions of our Land. This plan has many channels – security, economy, demographics, philosophical, political and more. With the passing of recent years Women in Green has been leading the Sovereignty Campaign and has brought up for public discourse the various issues that complete the mosaic of the vision of sovereignty.
This campaign combines together, meetings with leading public figures, ordinary citizens, vigils and processions, conventions and conferences and most important, the Sovereignty Journal, which is published in hundreds of thousands of copies in Hebrew and in English, in which public figures, politicians, leaders, thinkers and people of action publish their alternative visions for sovereignty.
To start off the year 5777, the sovereignty campaign has added this Internet site, in which there are articles, interviews, other writings and reports centering around the promotion of the vision of sovereignty from the stage of theoretical discussion to the stages of implementation in the field, politically and practically.

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Sovereignty questions and answers
The world at large talks about the plan of “two states for two peoples” . Why is this a bad idea?
The Left has tried to sell us its dream of two states, but the further we have gone in this direction, the more painful was the price that we paid – increased terror, international isolation, economic damage, international pressures and more. Our willingness to make concessions has convinced the Arabs that with just a little more pressure, a little more terror and a few more threats, we will pack up and leave.
And more important: the idea of dividing the Land, which is promoted by the Left, has resulted in the people becoming divided and a serious withdrawal from the Zionist dream of Israel’s return to Zion and Jerusalem, the dream that has preserved the People of Israel during two thousand years of exile. 

The Arabs also claim that this is their land
So they make this claim… So what? It is the truth that we’re interested in and if anyone claims that the Land is his, he is invited to study  history and search the archaeological findings from the “Palestinian” kingdom, which was never here; they should ask the name of just one king of ancient “Palestine” in history, or at least tell us what coin was in use in ancient “Palestine”… ah, these things don’t exist? Right. Because they never had a state.
The historical truth is that the Arabs began to come to the Land of Israel from the entire Middle East only with the beginning of Zionism and within a short period of time they had adopted and invented for themselves a historical tradition to match to their political aspirations – the desire to expel us from here.   

And perhaps, despite the pain, if we want to make peace there is no choice but to divide the Land?
If we examine the facts carefully, without any false propaganda ,we see that the closer Israeli governments brought us to dividing the Land, with the Oslo Accords, with the expulsion from the Gaza Strip and other such steps,  the more death and bloodshed it has brought upon us. The enemy armed itself well and since he had not lost the hope of destroying us he then used this ammunition against us.
Moreover, none of us want to see a situation where there would be a threat of missiles at a distance of one and a half kilometers from Ben Gurion Airport, like the existing threat we are experiencing from Gaza; none of us want to see Jerusalem’s neighborhoods surrounded by an armed enemy, bent on doing evil. It is clear to any reasonable person that this will only lead to war. In no way will it lead to peace.
Okay. You have convinced me. The plan of two states for two peoples is dangerous and presents an existential danger to the State of Israel. So what do you suggest? 
Our forefathers taught us that it is not enough to turn away from evil. We must  also do good. So now that we have recovered from the delusional and dangerous idea of establishing a terror state in the heart of our Land, the time has come to take action and do the right thing – apply full Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria and realize the dream that we have longed for these two thousand years, the dream that was promised to us in the vision of the prophets – to be a Jewish People in our Land, and in all of our Land and especially in the cradle of the People’s birthplace – Judea and Samaria.
And then what? We will apply sovereignty and then…? All of the Arabs in Judea and Samaria will be citizens? Will we become a bi-national state?
Before we alarm ourselves, let’s look into some of the suggested solutions to this (complex) matter: There is a plan for autonomy; there is a plan to grant the status of residency , which is not citizenship, to the Arabs of Judea and Samaria; there is the plan for a connection to Jordan and a few other creative plans, but one thing is clear: the difficulties entailed in applying sovereignty are nothing compared to the disaster that would ensue in the wake of having established a Palestinian state in the heart of our Land, and this no longer requires proof. It is enough to open your eyes and read the newspapers.
So what do we do?
First of all, we should not be afraid to say aloud – we demand Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, sovereignty that will restore faith, Zionism and security to this Land. We are discussing it, planning it, holding meetings about it and spreading the vision of the necessary change in policy – a return to Zionism, a return to sovereignty.
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Who are we?
 A group of public figures, philosophers and long-time Land of Israel activists got together to promote the vision of Sovereignty through hasbara, conferences, activities on the ground,  publications and writings and political lobbying.

Yehudit Katsover: Resident of Kiryat Arba-Hevron from its first day (1971). Was among the 13 women that entered Beit Hadassah in Old Hevron in 1979, which was the breakthrough that began the return to Hevron and its re-settlement. She took  part in the public battles for building in Hevron and the Land of Israel. Deputy head of the Kiryat Arba-Hevron Council.
Educator – She established and managed the unique Teacher’s seminar for Kiryat Arba-Hevron College in  Efrat for 20 years. Co-director of the Women in Green movement together with Nadia Matar, who together, lead the movement for the application of Israeli sovereignty in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley.
Nadia Matar: Lives in Efrat since 1989. Co-director of the Women in Green movement, together with Yehudit Katsover. Since the Oslo Accords she has led activities to maintain our hold on the Land. Has led the battle to settle the Dagan Hill in Efrat together with her friends from Efrat. Public relations activist – she often appears before groups from Israel and abroad.
Following the expulsion from Gush Katif and Northern Samaria, she joined Yehudit Katsover and together they have led Women in Green in a long series of efforts to maintain a hold of the Land of Israel in Netzer, Shdema, Eitam, Adoraim, Oz veGaon and in recent years they have led the movement for the application of Israeli sovereignty in the Land of Israel.

Advisory Board:
Avraham Shvut: geographer and regional planner in Judea and Samaria. Shvut was on the team to settle Gush Emunim, in the secretariat of the settlement movement Amana, coordinated the work of the ministers’ committee for settlement, headed by the minister of Science and Development, Yuval Ne’eman. Today he owns a company of strategic consultation, entrepreneurship, planning, and land management.

Sam H. Solomon: Business strategist and entrepreneur,philanthropist; Sam has in-depth experience in covering technology, marketing, finance and governance activities; cooperation with investors engaged in early-stage technology investments both in the US and Israel. Qualifies as a financial expert on board of directors.
Prof. Avia Shoham: psychologist (author), active in the matter of sovereignty
Prof. Yaacov Shoham: doctor-researcher, oncologist – member of Professors for a Strong Israel
Shosh Shilo: Assistant Head of Kedumim Council. Former officer; served in the reserves during the Yom Kippur War as an officer to the injured. She and her spouse moved to Kedumim 38 years ago and since then she has been active in matters relating to the Land of Israel.
Karen Stahl-Don: attorney, expert in international law in Israel and the US – wrote a thesis on the subject of the document of the Mandate as the basis for the application of Jewish sovereignty in Judea and Samaria according to international law and as an outline for coexistence
Hindi Kellerman: deals with the economy and real estate in the US – immigrated to Israel about two years ago and has begun to dedicate her time to researching the subject of sovereignty from the economic angle
Uri Bank: parliamentary consultant to MK Yehuda Glick. He was Rav Beni Elon’s right hand for The Israeli Initiative
Lisa Sturman Melamed: made Aliya to Efrat in 2009. Trained and experienced as an economist, writer, editor.
Ruthi Ben Haim: Child psychologist and long-standing activist for the Land of Israel and sovereignty
Tannah Lehavi: long-standing activist for the Land of Israel, lives in the Kineret agricultural community in the North, coordinator for activity for the Land of Israel in the North
Lior Shurka: CEO of the Zionist Fund for Israel, Secretary General of the former Tirtzu
Yoav Tuvia: Land of Israel activist, resident of Hamadiya
Steering Committee:
Geula Cohen: Israel Prize Laureate, Lehi fighter, journalist, former MK, deputy minister, initiated the Law to apply Sovereignty over Jerusalem and the Golan Heights
Caroline Glick: Journalist, deputy editor Jerusalem Post, promotes the vision of Sovereignty over Judea and samaria, wrote the Israeli Solution- a One Sate Plan for peace in the Middle East
Amb. (ret.)  Yoram Ettinger: expert in demography and US- Israel relations
D”r Motti Keidar:  Bar-Ilan university, promotes the 7 cantons Plan
Rabbi Itai Elitsur: philosopher and blogger, continues in the footsteps of his father Uri Elitsur obm, to promote the vision of Sovereignty
Yossi Dagan: Samaria Local Council Head
Moshe Saville: acting mayor of Gush Etsion, resident of Tekoa
Avi Roeh: Binyamin Local Council head, Yesha Council head
Moshe Peled: a former MK, colonel in the reserves, project manager in building and development of communities, has also joined the group
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