The people of Israel love the Land of Israel. As a couple who have not consummated their love and are "engaged", the People of Israel still have a blind infatuation with every portion of the land.

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Prof. Shmuel Neumann,

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A broken engagement is inconsolable.

The people of Israel love the Land of Israel. As a couple who have not consummated their love and are "engaged", the People of Israel still have a blind infatuation with every portion of the land. There is no other country on earth whose population scatters to every national park and nature reserve whenever they have a day off. Over a million Jews visited a national park on Israel Independence Day.

The bond between the people of Israel and the Land of Israel is indelible. Yet, we have refused to take possession of the entire land. The majority of the Jews do not live, even part time, in Israel, and the majority of Israeli Jews are reticent to move outside the Green Line (but within the borders of Biblical Israel including Gaza, Judea and Shomron). The majority of Jews are not ready to commit, and therefore the "engagement" drags on and on. Where couples are "engaged" for an inordinate period, pressure will mount for "disengagement".

It's nice that over 100,000 people took buses and cars to visit Gush Katif this past Independence Day, but they are just flirting with disaster and refuse to commit. After a perennial engagement, the only way to avoid disengagement is marriage.

Take a few dollars out of your idle bank account and buy a beach house in Palm Beach, Gaza, or in Shirat Hayam or in dozens of locations on the Mediterranean coast. Then offer the government that you are willing to sell out your $5,000 cabin for a cool million. If enough of us will do it, we will break the bank.

Change your Teudat Zehut (ID Card) to the address outside the Green Line and make your current residence your second home. With the mere effort of signing a form in the Interior Ministry, you have changed the demographics so that there are now two million more Jews who must be "disengaged".

Put your money where your mouth is. Invest in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha). There are numerous small farms available. While the Israeli government buckled under pressure from the US to prevent new settlements, they cannot prevent new farms.

Over a century ago, the early Jewish pioneers faced exactly the same, apparently insurmountable challenges faced by today's settlers in Judea and Samaria. Not only were they easy prey for Arab terrorist attacks and, greatly outnumbered, were forced to take up arms to protect themselves, but incredibly, they too were prohibited from creating new Jewish settlements.

Undaunted, the Jews, who survived millennia-long downpours of horrors by learning to dance between the raindrops, ingeniously found a way to strictly comply with the law, while bypassing the requirements of zoning variances and site plan reviews. The Ottoman (then British) law declared that every farm (a farm is defined by land greater than five dunam, or 1.3 acres) may have one residential house built upon it without governmental approval for zoning and building variance.

Throughout the land of Israel, clusters of farms known as moshavot were established. As they were technically not new settlements, they did not require governmental approval. Despite the founders' incredible foresight and courage, it was mostly blind faith.

Yoel Moshe Solomon was debating whether to buy wilderness property and brought in a physician to advise whether there were health hazards harmful to humans in the area. The physician observed that there were no birds in the area and rendered his professional opinion that this region was poisonous and absolutely uninhabitable. Against the advice of the physician, Yoel Moshe Solomon started to farm the land, with six other families. Today, that farm is called the city of Petach Tikvah. Another group of eleven families went north of Tel Aviv and purchased land to start a moshava, today called Ra'anana. Others bought land and set up moshavot producing wines. Baron Rothschild had faith in this investment and these moshavot are today called Rishon Le'Tzion and Zichron Yaacov.

A very large portion of Judea and Samaria was purchased by Jews, but remain untended. It is perfectly legal for the landowners to farm their own land or to subdivide it and sell or rent small farms to Jewish farmers who would earn their livelihood by farming their homestead. On each farm, one and only one residential home may be built, along with other buildings relating to agriculture. Clusters of farms are not new Jewish settlements.

In addition, another Jordanian law in full force and effect permits homesteading. Any unowned land that is actively farmed for a number of years legally becomes the private property of the homesteader. Each homesteader is legally entitled to build one farm house on his homestead. The first three regions that we are seeking to develop are in Gush Eztion, the Shomron, and the northern Dead Sea. If you are ready to establish your grand estate, join us .

If you don't want disengagement, then consummate your relationship and take full possession of your inheritance.