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Memories

Arutz Sheva reports how a terrorist armed with a knife and a suicide letter was apprehended by security personnel making his way towards Efrat, located south of Jerusalem in the disputed territories.

Ten years ago, I lived in Efrat for the year. I recollect how different things were back then. Rabbi Riskin, the Rabbi of Efrat, was friendly with muftis of nearby palestinian villages. Palestinians were constantly coming in and out of Efrat to make a living. I used to hitchhike into Jerusalem, going through Bethlehem along the way. A couple of times, we even stopped off at Rachel’s tomb, right in the middle of Bethlehem. I once even walked part of the way to the nearby community of Gush Etzion.

Today, palestinian violence has changed all of this. Now, merely driving to Efrat can be a hazardous proposition. This is a real shame, because Efrat is such a beautiful place and the people who live there are truly wonderful. Not anything like the false image of the “militant” settlers that is constantly being shoved down our throats.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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