"Our justice system is rotten to the core; it cannot tell the difference between right and wrong. Let's hope it receives its judgment from above," Rabbi Elyakim Levanon said Tuesday during a ceremony held at the site of the former Homesh settlement in Samaria, which was evacuated in 2005 during Israel's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza and parts of the West Bank.
During the ceremony, Minister Yuli Edelstein (Likud) and Knesset Member Danny Danon (Likud) were among the thousands who called on the government to resettle Homesh.
Referring the justice system, Levanon, the chief rabbi of the Samaria Regional Council, said, "May this evil be removed from above. This distorted system works backwards and hurts individuals only because they want to do good. It does not define right or wrong and therefore makes huge errors. This system incites and stirs up strife in the nation. We must fight it."
'What happened here is absurd.' Homesh ceremony (Photo: Gur Dotan)
Minister Edelstein told those on hand that the Knesset and government are "working" on resettling Homesh. "Some are promoting it and others are holding the process back. I hope that eventually we'll be able to return to Homesh," he said.
MK Danon added: "The thousands who came here show that the people want to return to this place. I call on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to fire (Defense Minister Ehud) Barak over what happened at the Machpelah house in Hebron."
Danon was referring to the recent evacuation of Jewish settlers from a house in Hebron which they claimed to have purchased legally from Palestinians.
Moshe Har Melech, whose son resided in Homesh and was killed in a shooting attack, said, "What happened here is absurd. This is Israeli territory and there is no reason why Jews should not return (to Homesh)."
Shomron Regional Council head Gershon Mesika said, "This large crowd proves that we must return to Homesh. This is Israeli territory. The pullout was a mistake and it must be rectified quickly."