Posted on 7/13/2017 3:32:36 PM
Expanding Qalquilya: A Dangerous Plan Temporarily Put On Hold

The Palestinian Arab city of Qalqilya (top) and the Israeli security barrier (bottom). Look how close the city already is to the

barrier (and Highway 6!)



In what is no less than an absolutely misguided and dangerous idea, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman is promoting a government plan to double the size of the Arab town of Qalqilya by adding up to 14,000 new housing units to it.


Doing so would push the town up against the security barrier running along the pre-1967 line, bringing Qalqilya within extremely close proximity to Highway 6 and Israeli communities, especially Kfar Saba and Kochav Yair.


Thankfully, the vote to enable this to happen was (temporarily) put on hold yesterday, as Netanyahu calculated he did not have to support for it to pass. 'Qalqilya Plan' frozen


We find it inexplicable that the government would approve a plan such as this, especially while it promotes a "quiet freeze" on the construction of new Jewish building, regardless of its pronouncements to the contrary.


As Shomron Regional Council head Yossi Dagan said on hearing that the "Qalqilya Plan" has been shelved for now, "I welcome the move. This is one step in the right direction. I call on the Prime Minister to complete the move and remove this hallucinatory plan that endangers the Sharon region and Samaria from the agenda - and to devote a little more time to advancing construction plans for the citizens of the State of Israel in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and throughout the country,"


As if the Arabs need help from Israel in taking over land. Click here for an alarming report on ongoing Arab actions to encroach on land in Gush Etzion by creating illegal "facts on the ground."

'Gush Etzion land endangered'

AFSI In Our Nation's Capital

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing

on the Taylor Force Act


AFSI Co-Executive Director Judy Kadish is in Washington this week attending the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on the Taylor Force Act. If passed, the bill will require the US to cut funding to the PA for its continued financial support to convicted terrorists. 


While in Washington, Judy is also meeting with officials to discuss issues related to Israel, and to educate on the Edmund Levy report, published in 2012 but never officially adopted and acted on by the Israeli government. This report on Israel's entitlement to the land comprising Judea and Samaria concluded that Israel's presence in Judea and Samaria is not an occupation, and recommends the legalization of Jewish communities situated there.

Oh No Canada! Wine Not?


Today we receive the report of despicable behavior by the Canadian government: Canada: Judea, Samaria, wines are not from Israel

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on July 6, 2017 ordered the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) not to label wines imported from Israel's Judea and Samaria regions as "made in Israel."


They stated: 'Product of Israel' would not be an acceptable country of origin declaration for wine products that have been made from grapes that are grown, fermented, processed, blended, and finished in the occupied West Bank territory."


"CFIA further advised that the government of Canada does not recognize Israel's sovereignty over the territories occupied in 1967 (the Golan Heights, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip). As such, wine products from these regions that are labeled as 'Product of Israel' would not be acceptable and would be considered misleading

As many of us appreciate, wines from Yehuda and Shomron are some of the finest in the world, and Israel's wine business is booming. Specifically mentioned in the announcement were the Psagot and Shiloh wineries, both producing particularly excellent wines.


If the past is a guide, this ruling on the part of Prime Minister Trudeau, which is, in effect, a shameful boycott, should only serve to boost business for all the wineries located in the liberated territories.


So, go out and buy even more Israeli wine, specifically from Judea and Samaria, make a l'chaim and enjoy!

AFSI Extends Its Condolences


- To Lenore Richter and the Richter family on the passing of Lenore's brother Allen Wolfson, Z"L.


- To the family of Bernard Shapiro, Z"L. Bernard was an AFSI chairman in Texas and established the Freeman Center for Strategic Studies. 



May the families be comforted among the mourners of

Zion and Jerusalem.




Join thousands in Hebron and tell the world that UNESCO's votes are meaningless!


AFSI in ISRAEL - Mark Your Calendars NOW! 


Here are the dates for the next two AFSI Chizuk Missions:


November 7-14, 2017 - CHAYE SARAH in HEBRON and MORE


April 17-25, 2018 - YOM HA'ATZMAUT 70th Anniversary Celebration of Israel's Independence


Watch for itinerary details. Contact AFSI: 212-828-2424

 Reservations now being accepted.


(Please note: both missions end at night. If you are booking an immediate return flight after midnight (i.e., early AM), please make sure it is for the subsequent day.)