Mark Toner declared this week, among other things, in connection with the new construction in the Shiloh Bloc, that
this settlement's location deep in the West Bank, far closer to Jordan than Israel,
I will admit, he's correct:
From Shiloh to Fatza'el, where a friend hails from, quite near Highway 90, the Jordan River Valley road, is almost 27 kilometers.
To Jerusalem, at the bottom, from Shiloh, it's 46 kms.
To Elad, in the west, near the Green Line, it's 85 kms. or so.
But, of course, that's by the existing roads.
Once the rail line is finished, time-wise, we'll be there almost in no time, we trust.
And as a rocket flies, Shiloh acts to make sure those dangerous armaments stay far away from Israel's main population centers. And that's quite an important "distance" factor.
One more thing, as I've told almost every single journalist who has interviewed me here in Shiloh, my community village is not far or distant from anything.
It is right in the middle of the Land of Israel. We are not "deep in the West Bank".
That is it's main geographic factor.
Remember that Mr. Toner, and State Department officials in Washington and in Jerusalem.