You would think, after hearing yet again that the city in which I live is going to be included in the "final borders" (as well as inside the security fence), that I would feel a sense of relief. Yet, after hearing the following report from Ha'aretz, I remain ill at ease:
The Israel Lands Administration (ILA) Thursday issued building tenders for 13 lots in Ma'aleh Adumim, while the Housing Ministry issued tenders for building infrastructures in Ariel, Ma'aleh Adumim and Adam.
The most recent tenders were issued 24 hours after Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said "the settlement blocs will continue to be Israel's eastern border in the future."
I can't comprehend why it is that everyone seems to be is in love with the security fence. Yes, it might, in the short term prevent terror attacks, but at what price? At the cost of building up ghetto walls around us, and giving our enemies for nothing what they couldn't take from us on the battlefield? Giving away flourishing Jewish communities full of Jewish life and history such as Beit El, Shiloh, Elon Moreh, Eli... Not to mention that the fence does not actually stop terror, but merely lets it fester and grow like a malignant tumor that will strike at us soon as it feels the will to do so.
The security fence is a modern day symbol of Jewish weakness, and I take no pride from being included within it. To me, the fence represents a badge of shame that is scarring the face of the Jewish State in the Land of Israel.
In Zechariah 2:8, in references to the future redemption, it states:
"...Yerushalayim shall be inhabited like unwalled towns..."
The Radak (Rabbi David Kimchi - a commentator on the Torah and Prophets) explains that Jerusalem will be so full of Jews that she will be forced to expand beyond the city walls, and that the Jews will be able to live outside those walls without fear.
Instead of us focusing on building walls, and limiting Jewish growth and expansion in the Land of Israel, we should be doing the opposite. Hopefully, our leaders will familiarize themselves with the true words of our prophets, and not just pay lip service to them.