“Please come to Ariel in Samaria, Mr. President”

Ron Nachman, the mayor of Ariel, one of the largest Jewish settlements in Samaria, recently wrote a letter to US President Barak Obama.

Ron Nachman has been leading a Jewish return to the hills of Samaria since 1978.

The letter states, in part;

I, Ron Nachman, am the elected Mayor of the City of Ariel since its establishment 32 years ago.

Over three decades ago I dreamt of establishing a city in Samaria, in the heartland of the State of Israel. My dream was to create a home for Israeli citizens, replete with education, culture, employment and a high quality of life. My dream has been realized.

The City of Ariel is named after Israel’s capital city, Jerusalem. Approximately 20,000 residents call Ariel home. In addition, the city’s population swells daily, with an influx of 12,000 students that study at the Ariel University Center.

I believe that you and I have a great deal in common. You are a productive person who believes in the value of actions and in those who take action, irrespective of race or creed. I, too, believe in concerted effort and meaningful actions, through which we can achieve our goals. If I would have to choose a motto that could summarize my belief system it would most likely be “yes we can”.

Mr. President, I cordially and respectfully invite you to the City of Ariel. I would like you to see with your own eyes the very issues that are currently being discussed, as maps and even photographs fall far too short of capturing reality. Only the land, the people, the views and the environment are capable of presenting the backdrop for creative and, ultimately, successful solutions.

Both of us, Mr. President, are driven with an intense motivation to achieve a lasting peace in the region.

Source; Ariel Municipal Blog

My comments;

Ron Nachman is many things, but a fool is not one of them. He knows President Obama will probably not accept his invitation, or even reply to it. The purpose of this letter is to put on the public record that he tried to reach out to the President who has never visited the settlements in Judea and Samaria (known in most of the world as the “West Bank”) and is trying so hard to convince Israelis to abandon them in exchange for a false and temporary peace.

The territory of Samaria is mentioned over 100 times in the Bible, including Acts 1:8;

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

It is very clear from the Old Testament that the area was a part of the Biblical Kingdom of Israel, and to say that Jews have no claim to it and should be forced to leave, as President Obama and many others are doing, is to declare war on the very Word of God itself.

Sadly, the list of those who have done this doesn’t only include Moslems, who do not accept the authority of the Bible anyway, but many so-called Christians who don’t realize that by doing so they are actually sawing off the branch on which they themselves are sitting.

If the Bible doesn’t have any authority, then there is no point to calling oneself a “Christian” in the first place.

Written by Aaron

One thought on ““Please come to Ariel in Samaria, Mr. President”

  1. Hi,
    I have to say I’m intrigued by your position on the Israeli settlements. I just got back from the West Bank and was rather appalled by them. Is there any excuse in Judaism for water theft and settler violence against Palestinians?

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