Settlers march to take back the Land

Monday, March 26, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Dozens of settler youth headed out on Monday morning, marching to the former Samarian settlement of Homesh, following a long night of negotiations with the Israeli army.

“Infinite forces couldn't keep us from returning [to Homesh],” Boaz Ha’etzani, one of the march's organizers, told Army Radio. “We're ready for that - we've brought our heads, so they can split them open.”

The group plans on spending the night with an ultimate goal of taking back the Land. They intend to take a number of supplies with them on the march, but have only 48 hours.

“After [that], we'll supply people in a more orderly fashion. There is a core group of 30 families who intend to live there - all the rest are there to help and we hope that there will be more than 5,000 people,” said Ha’etzani.

Yossi Dagan, chief organizer of the march and a former resident of the settlement of Sa-Nur, which was evacuated with Homesh, denied than an agreement for rebuilding the settlement had been reached.

“We have not reached an agreement with anyone,” Dagan said. “We plan to go there and rebuild our homes. If they try to remove us, they might succeed, but in the end we will rebuild Homesh and all the other places that were evacuated.”

An expected 2,000 people will participate in the march.

Defense Minister Amir Peretz said the government would not allow the "illegal takeover" of evacuated settlements.

Ha'etzani's goal in taking back Homesh first is important even though these settlers hope to take back all of the evacuated Samarian settlements.

"The object is “l'shuv l'kal yeshuv” (Return to Every Settlement). There is a bumper sticker that says that, and we intend to make that a reality. One day, and apparently one day not far off, Israel will be forced to re-conquer Gaza and to return to Gush Katif.

"Everyone in Tel Aviv must understand that when we stay in Homesh, they don't get missiles dropping on their heads fired from Homesh. You can see Mount Hermon, Haifa, Tel Aviv and Ashdod all from Homesh.

"The view is astounding, but it's also scary when you see its potential to rule over all of Israel, therefore, it's in the interest of every Tel Avivian that we succeed here today."

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