Feb. 9, 2018
A mom-and-pop winery in a small Jewish settlement is “crowding out a peace deal in the Mideast,” according to the Washington Post. Who would have thought that cabernet sauvignon could have such an impact on international diplomacy?
This latest blame-the-Israelis volley was fired by Post columnist David Ignatius, who recently visited a town in the Judea-Samaria territories whose name he spelled “Rehelim.” The town’s winery, operated by the Ben-Saadon family, offers a poignant commentary on the verse from Jeremiah: “Yet again shall you plant vineyards on the mountains of Samaria.”
But Washington Post columnists are not very much interested in the significance of Jews having a 3,000-year-old connection to the disputed territories. Nor, apparently, is Ignatius particularly interested in more recent Israeli Jewish history, either – because he seems to be completely ignorant of the remarkable history of the town he visited, which should be spelled “Rachelim.”
Here’s why. On October 27, 1991, Palestinian terrorists opened fire on an Israeli bus on a highway in Samaria. The passengers weren’t occupying, settling, or oppressing anybody. Their crime was that they were DWJ – driving while Jewish. The driver, Yitzhak Rofeh, was killed. So was Mrs. Rachel Drouk, mother of seven.