After Shavuot, Take a Road Trip


The author of this blog often states that there are no settlements in Yosh, there are only unviable suburbs and pathetic squatter camps. There is, however, one settlement you can visit in the Galilee.

After Shavuot, dear readers, I suggest you take a little road trip to help you digest all the cheesecake. Mosey on up to Gan HaShlosha National Park. Right off route 669, a hop, skip and a jump from where many of you live, you will find Tel Amal. Shell out NIS 27, I am sure you can spare it, and go on in. While the tourists pose for photographs in period clothing and stuff themselves on Palmach potatoes, take a walk around and a good look.

Tel Amal is the stereotypical small settlement. In fact, it was the first purpose-built settlement in Eretz Yisrael. While every other location before it started out as a farm or a town and was turned into a settlement from sheer necessity, Tel Amal was built from the ground up as a small fort designed to control the surrounding terrain. The wall may be pathetically inadequate by modern standards, there may be no antitank ditch and the tower, with its exposed stairway, may be ill-designed, but it is a true settlement nonetheless.

After you are done walking around, compare Tel Amal to your yishuv. While you are at it, pick up a history book and read about stockade-and-watchtower settlements. And THINK.

Vienna Mike does not advocate a single thing that has not been done before.

3 Sivan 5769


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