In honour of Independence Day, an estimated 30 000 people marched to the destroyed Jewish city of Homesh, whose inhabitants were expelled in 2005 during the "Disengagement". At the head of the main organized group of marchers, which set off at 11:00 am from a nearby town, was Nobel Prize Laureate Professor Yisrael Aumann. The world-renowned professor of game theory stated in recent days that he sees a return to Homesh as "signaling the imperative change of direction the state needs. The march to Homesh expresses very well the aspiration to be a free people in our land." Prof. Aumann addressed the gathered activists, as did the Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba, Rabbi Dov Lior.
The expelled inhabitants of Homesh should return, as well as all the Gaza inhabitants, such as those of the towns of Gush Katif and Neve Dekalim. The Israeli government should make settling the Land of Israel its number one priority. As soon as the Arabs know that the Jews are here to stay, they will abandon hope and simply give up.