The yeshiva of Chomesh was relocated from its existing tents to a building a few hundred meters distant during a nighttime operation at the former village of Chomesh.
Unlike the yeshiva’s last location, which was on contested ground, the building is on state-owned property.
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant gave the go-ahead for the operation, which was supported by domestic and international donations, even though COGAT—the person in charge of Judea and Samaria’s civil administration—had not given his or her approval.
Yossi Dagan, the leader of the Samaria Regional Council, put the mezuzah after the construction work and read the brachos, including Baruch Matziv Gvul Almanah, which is said when Jews return to locations in the land of Israel that were formerly inhabited and uprooted.
The government finally removed the “mark of Cain” of expulsion from Israel’s statutory laws two months ago, and this is a further step towards rectifying the injustice, according to Dagan, who also pledged to rebuild the other destroyed communities of Sa-Nur, Ganim, and Kadim as well as construct other communities in Northern Samaria.
The yeshiva in Chomesh has remained at the location for the past 16 years, despite repeated conflicts with IDF troops because staying there is prohibited by the 2005 Disengagement Law, which the present administration has abolished.