Building the Future: The Establishment of Mishmar Yehuda in the Heart of Our Homeland

In a move that signifies the enduring spirit of development and settlement in the heart of our ancestral homeland, settler leaders and government officials have celebrated the formal approval of municipal boundaries for Mishmar Yehuda, a new settlement in the Judean Desert. This development, a realization of the government resolution from February 2023 to legalize nine previously unrecognized outposts, is not just a milestone in the growth of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria but a bold statement of our unbreakable bond to this land.

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, a staunch advocate for the settlement movement, has been instrumental in bringing this vision to life. Mishmar Yehuda, emerging from the outpost known as Mitzpe Yehuda or Kedar Tzon Farm, embodies the collective aspirations of the religious-Zionist community for a flourishing future in our biblical heartland.

The strategic location of Mishmar Yehuda, near the established Maale Adumim settlement and under the administrative wing of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, underscores our commitment to connecting the dots of Jewish presence across the landscape of our forefathers. The approval by Major General Yehuda Fox of IDF Central Command is a significant step forward in legalizing and legitimizing our right to build and prosper in these territories.

The ambitious plans for Mishmar Yehuda, with initial proposals for 3,600 housing units and the potential for up to 13,000, reflect our vision for a vibrant and expanding community. This initiative not only meets the housing needs of our growing population but also sends a powerful message of resilience in the face of adversity.

Finance Minister Smotrich’s leadership in establishing the Settlements Administration within the Defense Ministry has been pivotal in streamlining the process of settlement expansion. His dedication to the cause of settlement and his vision for a masterplan for Mishmar Yehuda are commendable. As Smotrich eloquently stated, “We came to this land to build and to be built up in it.” This ethos is at the core of our mission to continue the legacy of settlement throughout the land of Israel.

The development of Mishmar Yehuda is a testament to our unwavering commitment to the land of Israel and the values of Zionism. It is a reminder that our response to challenges and threats is to deepen our roots and expand our presence in the land that is rightfully ours. As Shlomo Neeman, the outgoing head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council rightly noted, this is not just a gift to the residents of Gush Etzion but a profound statement in our ongoing struggle for sovereignty and security.

While critics may voice their opposition, it is essential to remember that our right to live, build, and thrive in Judea and Samaria is non-negotiable. The establishment of Mishmar Yehuda is a step towards securing a Jewish future in all parts of our historic homeland, ensuring that the legacy of our forefathers is honored and preserved for generations to come.

As we celebrate this significant milestone, let us reaffirm our commitment to the State of Israel and its values. Let us continue to support the growth and development of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, championing the cause of Zionism and the unbreakable bond between the Jewish people and the land of Israel. Together, we build a future of peace, prosperity, and security for all who call this sacred land home.