Jewish settlers will declare independence before evacuating

Sunday, December 09, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

A leading Israeli rabbi said last week that if the government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert moves ahead with the surrender of Judea and Samaria (the so-called 'West Bank') for the creation of a Palestinian Arab state, the Jews living there in fulfillment of their biblical mandate will declare a new Jewish state independent of Israel.

Speaking to The Jerusalem Post, Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpe, founder of the grassroots right-wing umbrella group SOS Israel, said that in light of the 2005 uprooting of more than 8,000 Jews from the Gaza Strip, the time had clearly come for the Jews of Judea and Samaria to prepare to secede from Israel and establish their own autonomous state.

Earlier in the week, SOS Israel launched a contest to choose a flag and national anthem for the new state.

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