Why Samaria is key to Israel’s future and its past

by Chaya Cikk

Judea and Samaria, two large pieces of land that are the key to the future of the State of Israel. The Jewish People also have a great connection, as it is these pieces of land where their history happened.

Judea and Samaria

Judea and Samaria are ancient names, Samaria refers to the ancient Kingdom of Israel, also known as the Northern Kingdom. Judea is the Kingdom of Judah, also known as the Southern Kingdom. These are the terms that the area of land is referred to in the Bible, in the Book of Kings. It wasn’t until Menachem Begin, became Prime Minister of Israel that the term Judea and Samaria region caught on. Before the area of land was referred to as the West Bank.

From the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan Valley, including Judea and Samaria, Israel is only 43 miles wide. Without Judea and Samaria Israel is only 9 miles wide!! 9 Miles!! Judea and Samaria cover huge mountain ranges and are a huge strategic point in Israel’s future. If Israel lost control over Judea and Samaria Israel would no longer exist.

The History

The Jewish People have a strong connection to the land of Israel, it is where many parts of the Bible took place. The Jewish People crossed the Jordan River into the land of Israel, followed by their conquest of the city of Jericho. Even before that, though the forefathers Abraham, Issac and Jacob who all lived in the land.

There is a known story in the Bible about Jacob settling in Shechem, and Shechem, himself wanted to marry Jacob’s daughter Dina. Hebron, where the forefathers are buried, along with the mothers, Sara, Rivkah and Leah. Bethlehem, close to where Rachel is buried. The City of Shiloh, where the Ark of the Covenant sat, before the Temple in Jerusalem was built.

The history and the connection the Jewish People have to land of Judea and Samaria is endless. The land is full of rich history and archaeology dating back many years ago.

Shomron Regional Council

Shomron, is the Hebrew term for Samaria. The Regional Council is located in the northern part of Judea and Samaria and provides municipal service to over 35 Israeli Settlements. Cities include Ariel, known for the Ariel University, Har Bracha, Itamar, Sharei Tikvah, and Sahvei Shomron and many other smaller settlements.

The Shomron Regional Council has a sister town. September 2012 there was a Declaration of Cooperation signed between the Council and the Town of Hempstead, New York.

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