Even after 10 fatalities, including a father and his son, in Ofra people have a hard time getting used to it. When the news came that Yossi Rund had been injured north of the settlement, there was great anxiety. It's not fair, stamped one of the members of the emergency committee.
Israel Harel is a regular columnist for Haaretz. He is the founder of the Institute for Religious Zionism at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, which he headed until 1995.
Harel began working as a journalist in the 1960s, as a young contributor to the Eretz Yisrael Movement's newspaper, This is The Land.
He went on to serve as managing editor of the Hayom daily and in 1972 became the assistant editor for the weekend edition of Ma'ariv, at the time the most widely read newspaper in Israel. In addition to that position, Harel also worked as an investigative reporter on Israeli corruption.
In 1991, Harel was asked by Haaretz to contribute an occasional column and to write as a guest journalist. When Chanoch Marmori took over as editor-in-chief, Harel's column became weekly, and it has appeared every Thursday since.
Despite continuing efforts to uproot, or dirty the past the journey continues back to the roots, at least to the songs that were among those that shaped the process of the return to Zion.
Kurtzer is an involved ambassador, too involved, especially in issues that are controversial in Israel, such as the settlements. Kurtzer would surely protest. It is not his opinions that he is expressing, but rather those of the United States. Not true.
A few months ago the NRP crowned Effi Eitam to rule over it. His main objective: to bring home those who had abandoned the party but identify themselves as part of religious Zionism. For every religious Zionist who votes for the NRP, they found in the party, there are at least three or more who vote for other parties.
Amram Mitzna was not elected on the waves of a new and exciting vision; it was the bulldozer of despair that determined the decision. Is this the new, visionary ideological breakthrough that is emerging, via the new leader, from the Labor Party? No, it's the result of the fear, the loss of bearings and the weakness that the terror has sown among the Labor Party members.
After the massacre at Kibbutz Metzer, members of the community who were interviewed in the media expressed the following general sentiment: Were it not for the failures of the government, it wouldn't have happened. "Only the occupation is to blame for the terror" kibbutz members were quoted as saying.
The elections will be an expression of the ideological and political changes that have passed through the public over the past 25 months of suffering and fear. Labor has no answer - and cannot have an answer - to the accusation that it brought the terror through Oslo.
The "road map" - even without the Saudi sections - could bring about the gradual destruction of the State of Israel. Regardless of what government happens to be in power, Israel must use its full strength to oppose this deplorable plan, the fruit of a hopefully temporary moral eclipse that has taken hold of the American administration.
There are, of course, some defects in the religious educational systems too. And there are cases of drugs, delinquency and violence. And some of those violent delinquents were at Havat Gilad. And there were some there who cursed soldiers and who even threw stones.
The Committee of Yesha (the Jewish settlements in Judea, Samaria and Gaza) rabbis, which includes many good friends and fellow travelers on a long road, must be told: Your call to the soldiers, albeit circuitously - but entirely clear to those for whom the message is meant - to refuse to remove outposts for reasons of conscience is something which should not be done.