MAOZ ESTHER, Israel - Despite increasing international pressure to cease settling the land of their forefathers, a sentiment echoed by President Obama Thursday in Cairo, Israelis will not be deterred.
Overnight Thursday, Israeli teenagers rebuilt the small outpost at Maoz Esther, not long after it was dismantled by security forces the day before. They dedicated a Torah scroll at the site.
Among the makeshift structures rebuilt at Maoz Esther was a synagogue, where the Torah was dedicated in memory of Yohonadav Hirschfield, one of the students murdered in a Palestinian terror attack at the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva (seminary) in Jerusalem last year.
"You are the true pioneers," Jewish Rabbinical Council chairman Dov Lior told the youths, often referred to as "hilltop youth."
"The current situation is temporary," Lior told them. "The nation of Israel will grow stronger."
Even before President Barack Obama's remarks in Cairo on Thursday, Lior said Israel's only real ally is God Himself.
"Israel has no real allies. No one can be counted on apart from the Lord," he said.
"Unfortunately, there are those among us who are eager to cede parts of the Land of Israel," Lior said.
Meanwhile, one day after Obama called on Israel to cease all "settlement activity," Jewish residents built a new outpost on Friday morning between the Samarian communities of Migron and Kohav Ya'akov. They named it "Oz Yehonatan."
The settlers also named one of the structures the "Obama's Hut." The U.S. President's admonition to cease all Jewish building in Judea and Samaria (the "West Bank") has inspired the youth to build more outposts.
In an interview with Army Radio, National Union MK (member of Knesset) Michael Ben Ari said he believes Obama seems to think Jews will simply disappear.
"I hope the Israeli nation wakes up and realizes that its security will not come from ceding land or evacuating outposts, but from the continued construction and settlement in all of Israel," Ben Ari said.
"Obama thinks we'll simply evaporate," he said.
"We are talking about 350,000 people in Judea and Samaria alone, and he is referring to another 300,000 people who live in [Jerusalem neighborhoods of] Pisgat Zeev, Gilo and Ramot, which to him are located beyond the Green Line," Ben Ari said.
The Green Line is the boundary drawn in the 1949 Armistice agreement, which ended the 1948 War of Independence between the nascent State of Israel and surrounding Arab countries.
While the international community recognized the Green Line as the border between Israel and Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza Strip, Israel never officially recognized its demarcation.
Sources: The Jerusalem Post, YNet news