So, I guess it's no wonder when one wants to make a point that the future of a place is solid rock sure, he'd compare it to Tel Aviv.
Many years ago, former Prime Minister Arik Sharon said that the fate of Netzarim (a town in the Gush Katif area) was the same as the fate of Tel Aviv. Orange folk (supporters of Judea, Samaria and Gaza) took that to mean that just as Tel Aviv would remain an integral part of the State of Israel, so too would Netzarim (despite the fact that it had been abandoned within Palestinian Authority Territory in Gaza).
Well, Netzarim and all of Gush Katif were destroyed, but their fate could have been very similar to Tel Aviv. Last year's Gaza war proved that Tel Aviv was just as fragile as Netzarim. From the former towns of Gush Katif, including Netzarim, missiles were shot at towns and cities throughout Israel - Sderot, Ashkelon, Beersheva, Ofakim. The fact that they could not yet reach Tel Aviv was luck in the last war. Tel Aviv won't be so lucky in the next, chas v'shalom.
It is more than five years since the destruction of Netzarim, and some may have forgotten the Netzarim-Tel Aviv connection.
Recently current Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has brought up Tel Aviv again. He said, "Our policy on Jerusalem is the same as that of all previous Israeli governments in the past 42 years and it hasn't changed. As far as we are concerned, building in Jerusalem is like building in Tel Aviv."
That statement is to lead us to believe that of course the Israeli government will build throughout Jerusalem without any hesitation. Unfortunately, right after that statement, a cabinet member said that in reality, construction in Eastern Jerusalem is just as frozen as that of Judea and Samaria.
Of course, that must be impossible, because the Prime Minister said that if we can build in Tel Aviv, we can build in Jerusalem.
On Motzei Shabbat (Saturday night) at the demonstration at the Gush Etzion Junction, Chief Rabbi of Hebron/Kiryat Arba HaRav Dov Lior told protesters, "The government tells us, 'You can't build here. You can't build there.' Tomorrow they'll tell us that it's forbidden to build in Tel Aviv."
Well, of all the statements about Tel Aviv that I've heard lately, this one seems the most correct.
No Building in Tel Aviv
The Palestinian Authority and their friends worldwide are trying every plan possible to weaken and chas v'shalom destroy the State of Israel - attacking on every front: http://voices-magazine.blogspot.com/2010/02/voices-of-purim-today.html and http://voices-magazine.blogspot.com/2010/02/voices-ofpurim-today-part-2.html .
Today they demand we not build in Judea, Samaria and our capital Jerusalem. Tomorrow, it is quite possible that they will demand that no building is allowed in towns and cities that were "stolen" from the Arab refugees of 1948. And since Tel Aviv-Jaffa is comprised of several ex-Arab neighborhoods like Abu Kabir, Salama, Sheikh Muanis, Manshiya and more, there's no reason not to believe that the PA will demand that Jewish building stop in Tel Aviv and make way for the return of "Palestinian refugees" to their original home.
You may be groaning right now, because you believe this is all far fetched. I wish you were right. This is one time I am hoping very sincerely to be proven wrong.