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  • February 27, 2013

    Op-Ed: The “Hilltop Youth”: Israel’s Heroes

    The “hilltop youth” deserve our awe and respect, not the maligning to which they are subject

    Giulio Meotti, INN

    With their long hair flying in the wind, their yarmulkes askew, their fringes peeking out from under faded t-shirts, the maligned “hilltop youth” are the Jews of the Jewish State, the Jews of the “settlers”.

    Is education deficient? Blame the hilltop youth. Is crime rampant? Blame the hilltop youth.

    They are Israel’s most outstanding individuals, instilled with ideals that their government ministers can only envy. They are Israel’s last heroes.


    But their homes and their children have been brutally dispersed by hundreds of soldiers.

    The latest destruction took place in Maaleh Rehavam. The unconscionable uprooting of the Jewish residents – this time stopped by court order – in order to attain “peace” with the Arabs has been one of the most terrible chapters in Israel’s short history. And the energized Obama-Livni duo will try to erase all of their homes.

    Many of the hilltop youth have lived through the murder of friends and relatives by terrorists. Most have adopted a very religious life style. No drugs or TV. No playing around. They’re not hanging out at discos. Many have no steaming water. No electricity. They have held on to Judea and Samaria’s barren hills for years.

    No Arabs were displaced by them.

    While the established “settlements” have been fortified with barbed-wire fences and the “settlers” have been compelled to travel in bulletproof vehicles and guarded convoys, for safety’s sake, the hilltop youth are just like in the days of the War of Independence. No fences for them. They see the protective gear that has gripped the “settlements” as a sign of weakness.

    During the Second Intifada, in Judea and Samaria, most of the newcomers were these religious youth and most of those departing were secular. The hilltop youth came while others left.

    Their enemies today are the Jihad of the Arab beheaders, the incitement of the Western leftists but also Israel’s self hatred.

    If they would not be up there on Israel’s peaks and hills, who would be? A friend told me: “They bear the war for the Land on their shoulders”.

    You can meet this Jewish breed in the South Hevron Hills, in Yitzhar, and in a few other villages like Esh Kodesh and Maaleh Rehavam.

    They are Jews who will fight for what Jews over the centuries have always fought: Israel’s God, ideals, people and land – who will brave rocks, Molotov cocktails and even a Palestinian Arab terrorist army to be the bridge over which a Jewish tradition of courage, commitment and creativity passes to the generations to come.

    They know that the whole hatred of “settlements” is not new. It started in the Thirties. Croatia, Belfast, Kashmir, Kazakhstan, the transformation of Konigsberg into Kaliningrad and the conquest of Mexican Texas…But only Western Eretz Israel is expected to be turned into a tabula rasa for the Arabs.

    That’s why the hilltop youth is fighting a noble and just war over land, state land.

    The hilltop youth is the only obstacle to the betrayal of solemn promises made to the people of Israel, the betrayal of the Jewish inhabitants of Judea, Samaria and the hitherto greatest threat to Israel’s security. The hilltop youth are a living shelter against the fatal blunder of delivering territory – an irreversible concession – in return for promises, papers and committees. In return for war.

    The hilltop youth are an obstacle to the army retreat to the “security zones” and the flooding of the area, with the billions of Washington and Saudi Arabia, of millions of Arabs from the nearby countries. They oppose creating the sights of desolation for the Jews in the areas versus the soaring development among the Arabs.
    Without the hilltop youth, Israel would be robbed of the fruits of victory of 1967.

    On the hilltops, young mothers stroll with their toddlers a few dozen feet from their front doorsteps and set out coffee in the house-trailer synagogue each evening for the Israeli soldiers who patrol the community. Husbands take turns patrolling at night with M16s or Uzis slung over their shoulders, pistols on their hips. They live a stone’s throw from the Arabs, but on state land. For them traveling past Arabs areas has become a Russian roulette: Will they be shot at or not?

    It is a new generation imbued with the pioneering ethos that was once the ideal of the secular kibbutz, a mystical nationalism combined with an ascetic spirit and an oriental sense of fatalism; it rejects the consumerism of the big cities on the coast, and lives by ideology, faith, and zeal. In many outposts, the young couples construct a giant Star of David so the Jews in nearby settlements and the Palestinian Arabs can see it.

    The hilltop youth live lives of dignified joy. These Jews oppose the balkanization of the land into terrorist enclaves. They know who they are. They know what being a Jew means. They know what they are doing, why they are doing it and that it’s right.

    How many youngsters like these can Europe count? How many Jews like these can you find in New York? They have much to offer the world.

  • Posted by Ted Belman @ 11:01 am | 12 Comments »

    12 Comments to Op-Ed: The “Hilltop Youth”: Israel’s Heroes

    1. the phoenix says:

      Very different times. Very different mentality and very different ethos.
      Yet I think this song is quite apropos:

      http://youtu.be/n9IFJnftO70

      And the lyrics…
      http://shironet.mako.co.il/artist?type=lyrics&lang=1&prfid=465&wrkid=3631

      Enjoy!

    2. NormanF says:

      When I keep despairing for the morons running Israel into the ground, the children prove to the Jewish nation their idealism and their mettle.

      They are not cowed by Israel’s self-hating Jewish elite and by the world.

      May G-d bless them and may they grow from strength to strength. Israel’s Golden Age is yet to come!

    3. the phoenix says:

      @ NormanF:

      May G-d bless them and may they grow from strength to strength. Israel’s Golden Age is yet to come!

      AMEN!

    4. Ted Belman says:

      These youths are pre army age. I have met many of them. Very idealistic and very committed.

    5. Canadian Otter says:

      My imaginary Israel – During the dark ages before the Internet I lived in happy ignorance of Israel. I was very busy, and that’s my excuse. I subscribed to a Jewish weekly for a while, but the papers just sat there on a table. Buying my first laptop in 2006 put an end to all that. Not to my ignorance, but to my contentment in the belief that plucky Israel could take care of any challenge the world threw her way. ~~~ I remember my astonishment when reading those first online talkbacks on Ynet showing the way Jews treated one another, the hatred against the religious, the hostility between Sephardi and Ashkenazi, and just about everybody’s hatred against the settlers. ~~~ That was also the year of the Gush Katif expulsion. The words I read filled me with confusion. That was not the Israel of my imagination. ~~~ My first talback was one calling for Jewish unity. I got a reply filled with derision. My naivete was showing. ~~~ Fast forward to the aftermath of the latest elections in Israel – another big reality check. We talkbackers offer endless proposals to save Israel, but there seem to be unsurmountable obstacles, among them bizarre voting patterns and askew priorities. And also a touch of normalcy bias in a country that can’t afford it (‘bad things can’t happen, and if they do, they won’t be so bad’). So talkbackers’ suggestions don’t stand a chance when there is not even a hint of a desire to organize against inside and outside threats (particularly against your own elite), and even less of a chance at unity against the hostile world. ~~~ Still waiting for an effective independent settlers organization – at the very least.

    6. Canadian Otter says:

      Hagel in 2009: Send US troops to Israel to partition the country, oops, I mean to impose peace.

      Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, co-authored a 2009 report that called for U.S. troops to lead a peacekeeping force that would patrol the future borders between Israel and a Palestinian state.http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/02/24/Hagel-2009-U-S-Troops-to-Impose-Peace-on-Israel-Palestinians

    7. Keelie says:

      I remember my astonishment when reading those first online talkbacks on Ynet showing the way Jews treated one another, the hatred against the religious, the hostility between Sephardi and Ashkenazi, and just about everybody’s hatred against the settlers. ~~~ That was also the year of the Gush Katif expulsion.

      I guess God – you know, HaShem, the One God – has ceased to be a factor.

    8. Jerry says:

      “the hatred against the religious, the hostility between Sephardi and Ashkenazi”

      This view must be from the 1960s. Intermarriage between eastern and western Jews is quite acceptable and occurring all the time. Even Ethiopians are slowly beginning to intermarry into the general Jewish population – Ashkenazi and Sepharadi! If you ascribe to being Jewish in spirit and to even minimal practice, you are welcome in fact. Differences exist between individuals within ethnic groups that are FAR greater than mere differences between culturally dissimilar individuals. All I can do is assert this as the truth, but anyone can walk around the streets of Jerusalem and view the “intermarried” couples for themselves. Each intermarried couple represents two intertwined families.

      Let me go further: It was Lenin’s view that Jews were a chimerical people; in his time, they did not share a land, language or family connections. Yet they claimed to be from the same clan no matter where in the world they lived. He actually called them “mystical.” Well, now we share a land and we are doing just fine, though never perfect. Go look at the stuff that never makes the news or is reported upon in anthropological studies.

    9. Bernard Ross says:

      Canadian Otter Said:

      Still waiting for an effective independent settlers organization – at the very least.

      your entire post,well said!

    10. Bernard Ross says:

      Jerry Said:

      Well, now we share a land and we are doing just fine, though never perfect. Go look at the stuff that never makes the news or is reported upon in anthropological studies.

      also a good post, well put!

    11. Bernard Ross says:

      That’s why the hilltop youth is fighting a noble and just war over land, state land. The hilltop youth is the only obstacle to the betrayal of solemn promises made to the people of Israel, the betrayal of the Jewish inhabitants of Judea, Samaria and the hitherto greatest threat to Israel’s security. The hilltop youth are a living shelter against the fatal blunder of delivering territory – an irreversible concession – in return for promises, papers and committees. In return for war.
      It is a new generation imbued with the pioneering ethos that was once the ideal of the secular kibbutz, a mystical nationalism combined with an ascetic spirit and an oriental sense of fatalism; it rejects the consumerism of the big cities on the coast, and lives by ideology, faith, and zeal. .The hilltop youth live lives of dignified joy. These Jews oppose the balkanization of the land into terrorist enclaves. They know who they are. They know what being a Jew means. They know what they are doing, why they are doing it and that it’s right.

      a good article, I support them. It’s too bad there are no NGO’s in the diaspora supporting them. This would be more useful for Foxman than debating Joan rivers and for Adelson than funding 100 mill to Romney. They need legal and PR support from the diaspora and Israelis. They are the only ones who appear to be fighting for the rights of Jews to live in YS. Perhaps they should sue Israel, the US, UN, etc to compel their fulfillment of agreements with the Jews separate and apart from the state of Israel as the beneficiaries of the mandate trust. Where are those rich jews when the opportunity to do something real is available? Can they form the nation of Judah?

    12. opensoc says:

      Admirable people, with the right kind of idealism. An example for all, especially for the orthodox, still living in the 18th century, who contribute nothing to the common good.

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