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Drive to Annex Judea and Samaria Full Steam Ahead

Talk of a two-state solution, while widely prevalent, is largely irrelevant.

Despite the late change to a larger venue, the conference was standing room only.

Despite the late change to a larger venue, the conference was standing room only.
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As of this week, it’s no longer just another fringe campaign: the drive to apply Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria – all or parts thereof – is now a bona-fide, full-blown national drive, with the support of government ministers, Knesset Members and candidates, academics, and members of the media. This became abundantly clear on Tuesday night in Jerusalem, when more than 1000 people  crowded into a 900-seat Jerusalem hall – after the original location was abruptly changed – for the Third Annual Conference on the Application of Israeli Sovereignty over Judea and Samaria (Yesha).

Organized by Women in Green, and co-sponsored by the Jewish Press (JewishPress.com), the conference dealt with specific and practical methods by which to actually get the sovereignty ball moving and thus prevent the formation of a Palestinian state.

Talk of a two-state solution, while widely prevalent, is largely irrelevant. It was Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech at Bar Ilan University in 2009 that gave the concept new life, and it specifically emphasized that Israel would agree only to a demilitarized Arab state in parts of Judea and Samaria. This being an arrangement that both Fatah and Hamas have categorically turned down, an agreed-upon two-state solution can basically be dismissed.

What will take its place?

What will ensure that active and passive preparations on the ground for such an eventuality do not continue? The answer, according to an increasing portion of the Israeli public, is Israeli sovereignty — at least in part of the areas in question. At the conference, Women in Green co-chair Yehudit Katzover presented the results of a new survey, in which 73.2% of right-wing voters (some 56% of the population)–-not including residents of Yesha or hareidim–support sovereignty. The conference speakers essentially addressed three major issues: 1) How to bring about the desired sovereignty; 2) what will be the status of the Arabs living in Judea and Samaria; and 3) whether to push for full sovereignty over all of Yesha or to work gradually.

The Slow but Sure Approach

Three Likud members – Cabinet Minister Yuli Edelstein, MK Ze’ev Elkin, who is widely expected to be named a Cabinet minister following the upcoming elections, and MK Yariv Levine – supported what Elkin called the “salami approach.”  We must learn from the Palestinians, he said, “take what we can now, and discuss the rest later.”

He said that we are “hopefully” now entering a new era in terms of Judea and Samaria: “For the first 25 years after the Six Day War, the ‘status quo approach’ reigned; beautiful Jewish communities were built, but the status of the areas did not change. Since 1993, we began a period of withdrawals – Oslo, then the Disengagement, etc. – and it is now clear to most that this has brought us less security, and increased demands from the PA… We must now begin to take proactive steps to improve our situation, and begin to apply sovereignty, or aspects thereof, on whatever areas we can at any given moment. It will not be easy, but it is necessary.”

The “This Is our Land” Approach

Others demanded full sovereignty now; coincidentally or not, they are not currently in the governing coalition. MK Aryeh Eldad said that Israeli law must be immediately imposed on all of Yesha, and Likud Knesset candidate Moshe Feiglin called upon the Israeli public to internalize the idea that “This Is our Land” – the name of the grass-roots movement he founded 20 years ago – and that sovereignty is the only solution. Popular thinker Caroline Glick echoed her position of the last conference, saying then that sovereignty, whether complete or partial, will cost us the same in terms of international opposition, “so why pay full price for half a job?”
Former MK Elyakim HaEtzni added that Arab autonomy leading to statehood is catastrophic, but that autonomy under the framework of full Israeli sovereignty in Yesha is the desirable way to go.

Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, running for Knesset on the Jewish Home ticket, quoted the Y’hi khvodparagraph in the Morning Prayers, in which the verse citing God’s choice of the Land of Israel precedes His choice of the people of Israel. And regarding the Arab minority living in our midst, he said that Yehoshua Bin Nun dealt with the same issue by simply insisting that they rid themselves of idol-worship and recognize Jewish control over the land. “This must be our clear red line,” Rabbi Ben-Dahan emphasized: “the recognition that there can be no foreign rule in Eretz Yisrael.”

Caroline Glick also cited Yehoshua Bin Nun, and said that his demand to forego all idol-worship has a parallel today: “They must agree to stop all terrorism.”

Citizenship – or Expulsion?

The issue of Yesha Arabs under Israeli sovereignty was thoroughly explored in an hour-long panel discussion concluding the conference. Glick took the most extreme approach: “All of them should be offered the right to apply to the Interior Ministry for citizenship. Based on past experience in Jerusalem and the Golan [which have both been annexed - HF], we know that most of the Arabs will not apply. And even if they would all become citizens, the Jewish population in Israel would still retain a two-third majority, buttressed by growing birth and Aliyah rates. Nothing is simple, but we need not fear taking the bold steps that are necessary; we have come to inherit our land!”

Dr. Martin Sherman, founder of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies, former Tel Aviv University lecturer, and former ministerial adviser to Yitzhak Shamir’s government – said there is no choice but to compensate the Arab residents and have them take up residence elsewhere. “Ultimately, there can be only one sovereignty between the Jordan and the Mediterranean – and we’d better make sure it’s ours, not theirs.” Dr. Sherman elaborated that Arab self-rule won’t work, because they have no loyalty to the Israeli government overseeing the autonomy, and that granting full rights would also fail because “two peoples who do not share basic nationalist cultures can simply not live together over time.” Therefore, he concluded, “the only option that remains is compensation/evacuation,” a solution first proposed by the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, whose name was not mentioned at the conference.

Wanted: Israeli TV

Dr. Mordechai Kedar of Bar Ilan University, who was asked to speak on the expected Arab reaction to Israeli sovereignty, said, “They haven’t accepted the results of the War of Independence, do we expect them to accept the results of the Six Day War?” Both the Arab world and the international community, Dr. Kedar predicted, can be expected to react moderately to strongly to a declaration of Israeli sovereignty. Part of the solution, he suggested, lies in launching an Israeli satellite TV channel for the general worldwide public. “It would not cost more than $15 million a year,” he assessed.

Co-chairs Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katzover, as well as other speakers, emphasized that the recent report submitted by the Justice Edmond Levy committee, outlining the legal foundation for Jewish settlement in Yesha, must be adopted: “It must take its proper place in open governmental discourse, and action must be taken in accordance with it.” MK Eldad, in a not-subtle dig at the Jewish Home party, demanded that all future coalition partners resign from the next Netanyahu government if the Levi Report is not legislated into law within three months.

The Day Will Come! All the speakers agreed on two things: a Palestinian state would be catastrophic for the State of Israel and must be avoided at all costs, and the very fact of the conference and its success is a great step forward towards applying Jewish sovereignty over all of Israel. In the inspiring words of an unusually uplifting Latma musical skit produced especially for the Conference, “The day will come – it must come –  when only truth will be spoken, and all the world will say, without apology: This is Israel’s land – Israel’s!”

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36 Responses to “Drive to Annex Judea and Samaria Full Steam Ahead”

  1. Charlie Hall says:

    "Evacuation" is a PC term for ethnic cleansing on a massive scale. The world will not tolerate it, nor should it.

  2. Annexation – yes, expulsion – no.

  3. This conference matters and so does this article about it. Just as an aside, "evacuation" and "transfer" and such were discussed among other things but, you know, "what to do with the enemy Arabs" was NOT the focus of the conference.

  4. Expecting people to subscribe to the basic moral laws governing human existence – no murder, no celebrating murder in the guise of jihad, etc. – and to recognize that the land where the Jewish flag flies belongs to the Jewish people, these things are racist? The world will never tolerate them? Screw that!

  5. Jonathan Baker says:

    Without expulsion, annexation leads to the demographic suicide of the Jewish State. They have more children than we have children plus immigrants.

  6. I hope this latest Nuremberg rally was filmed so the whole world can see it. For the title I would suggest "Triumph of the Will."

  7. I hope this latest Nuremberg rally was filmed so the whole world can see it. An appropriate title would be "Triumph of the Will." Sure, it has been used before but given that a similar mentality sets the theme that should not present problems. Maybe the original and this one could be shown as a double bill.

  8. Marianne Torres says:

    Just posted this on a friend's wall in response to this news: Ironic, that when some of us said a long time ago that Israel would attempt this, most people thought we were "paranoid", "hyperbolic" and worse, eh? So now, wonder what folks think when we say "Israel will probably attempt to 'transfer' much if not all of its Palestinian population out of '48 Israel, and possibly West Bank". Paranoid… Hyperbolic… Yet this is being spoken of in Israel, at the government level.

  9. Send them to Jordan, or Saudi Arabia, or run them through Quneitra into Syria.

  10. Tim Upham says:

    There will never be a Jewish majority in the West Bank. Currently, there are over 300,000 Israelis settlers to 3,000,000 Palestinians. If Israel were to annex Judea and Samaria, then the Palestinians living there would have to be given the right to vote. For they can real easily vote for succession, the same way South Sudan did from North Sudan. Not give them them the right to vote, it would be apartheid, and Israel would be just as ostracized the way South Africa was when it practiced it.

  11. Charlie Hall says:

    "Send them to Jordan, or Saudi Arabia, or run them through Quneitra into Syria."

    And precisely how do you plan to commit such an heinous act of ethnic cleansing?

  12. Jonathan Baker says:

    The same way they did it to us in 1492, or 1290, or 1891, or 1950?

    Ethnic cleansing seems to be a term that prevents Israel from doing what it needs to survive under threat of being alienated by the one country that truly supports it, while not preventing anyone else from doing it – Rwanda, Serbia, Iraq, Sudan, USA, etc. Maybe Israel should take its place and be a "nation like all other nations".

  13. Jonathan Baker says:

    The same way they did it to us in 1492, or 1290, or 1891, or 1950?

    Ethnic cleansing seems to be a term that prevents Israel from doing what it needs to survive under threat of being alienated by the one country that truly supports it, while not preventing anyone else from doing it – Rwanda, Serbia, Iraq, Sudan, USA, etc. Maybe Israel should take its place and be a "nation like all other nations".

  14. There is a huge difference between wishing Israel could include the historical-religious areas that mean so much to Jewish hearts-Judea and Samaria, and actually annexing it and "evacuating" the majority Arab population that lives there now.

    I do not have an answer to the myriad problems we are facing with the status quo. But I suspect strongly that this would never be tolerated by the US and would backfire with disaster for the Jews of Israel.

    Dr. Sherman's idea of compensation will not work because it will not be accepted by those who he would pay.

    You could argue for a one state solution that provides equal citizenship for everyone that resides there. But again, I don't think this is a good idea at all.

    Keeping the status quo until the Palestinians are willing and or able to offer true peace with meaningful security guarantees will be hard enough with a changing US policy and probable changes in Syria and Jordan on top of the one's in Egypt and Turkey. Did anyone forget that Iran is planning on nuking both Israel and Judea Samaria?

  15. I agree that evacuation is ethnic cleansing and as repulsive as any other such attempts and actions.

    We are living in 2013 and cannot follow the rules of war written thousands of years ago when ancient Israel was briefly free of constraints from great powers like Egypt and Babylon.

    It is also not the 40's anymore when transfers of populations like India-Pakistan or Poland-Germany were allowed by great powers.

  16. Jonathan Baker says:

    You ignore the Rwanda civil war, the ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia, and the first half of the population transfer that was accomplished in the early 1950s, when millions of Jews were transferred from Arab lands to Israel. We need to accomplish the second half of that transfer – the Arabs should take the Pal-Arabs.

    They won't, of course – we see how the regular Arabs despise the Pal-Arabs, refusing to integrate the Pal-Arab refugees into their native populations.

    Still, what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander – transfer of Jews to Israel should be compensated by transfer of Arabs to the 22 Arab countries.

  17. Charlie Hall says:

    "Rwanda, Serbia, Iraq, Sudan"

    So HaShem's chosen people should follow those countries as a model?

    "transfers of populations like India-Pakistan or Poland-Germany were allowed by great powers"

    The Poland-Germany "transfer" was after a war that cost the lives of tens of millions. And the India-Pakistan "transfer" also resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands.

    Israel could barely move less than two thousand families out of Gaza, despite the fact that none resisted violently. Israel isn't going to move two million Arabs out of the West Bank, or even a tiny fraction of that number. It would (and should) be resisted, and in fact it would probably precipitate a general war, one that Israel would likely lose, and thereby cease to exist.

  18. Rob Muchnick says:

    Mr. Katz,
    Multiple polls taken by Arabs polling companies all suggest that 80% of the Arabs of Judea and Samaria will be happy to take the compensation from Israel and leave.

  19. Norma Biblow says:

    The World seems to tolerate the 22 + Muslim countries with out Jews allowed why would tolerate it our approach. Let's see a case scenario that you visited Israel, so now because the World don't tolerate discrimination you are not allowed to to travel to may of those Muslim countries. I have a question for you: do you know of any Jew that resides in Gaza? Cleansing all the 22 + muslim countries from Jews? Who are you kidding? Abraham, Itzchak and Yaacov didn't ask America what to do and they did what was good for Am Israel not what's good for the rest. We have enough of Mosher Rabenu being punished for saying: ani ish mitzri! Is our country we do what we want! We build in Jerusalem even if you are afraid of! and even if the world is against it!

  20. What did the world do about the evacuation and ethnic cleansing of Jews in Gaza btw Jews lived in Gaza up until 1948

  21. Charlie Hall So its only ethnic cleansing when Arab jihadists are evacuated but not when Jews are?

  22. That is a Lie there is nearly 400.000 Jews in Judea and Samaria and another 300,000 in EJ and 25,000 in the Golan so in the 1967 borders more than 722,000 (the latest poll) and there is not more than 2.5 million Arabs so if we give them citizenship (G-d forbid ) it will be 60% Jewish and 40% Arab like it was in 1948 Jews and Arabs also have 3 children per household so it would stay the same

  23. Jonathan Baker says:

    Charlie Hall You forget that Israel the State was supposed to be a nation like all the other nations. Not a people on a pedestal judged by a double standard. You're playing into the hands of our enemies, ready to condemn Israel for asserting its right to defend its people and its national identity. Israel is NOT the US, and even the US has had immigration restrictions for decades.

    While yes, the ideal would be a Torah-cratic state, the modern State of Israel is not, and does not want to be.

  24. Jonathan Baker says:

    In which, by the way, the Rambam's rules of war would likely apply. If you've ever learned the middle chapters of the Laws of Kings and their Wars, Maimonidean war IS genocidal. Besiege a city, offer peace. If they accept it, enslave them. If they don't, kill them (at least the men).

  25. Please post where one can access this data.

    If what you say is true I wonder why so few Arabs in the Old City have sold their homes to Jewish organizations that have been trying for many years and when the price for a home is in the neighborhood of a million dollars?

    The homes that adjoin the Temple Mount in the Muslim Quarter could then easily be removed and the Western Wall praying access would be expanded. Yet this has not happened because the owners will not sell.

  26. It's about time. Take it all and throw the latecomer trespassers out.

  27. I suggest Blankfort re-read history. removing people from your misdst who are "actually" trying to kill you and destory your country is a lot different from paranoid , racist fantasies. When are people like you going to condemn the racist murderous rants of the ARABS.

  28. Charlie Hall says:

    "So its only ethnic cleansing when Arab jihadists are evacuated but not when Jews are?"

    I have in fact frequently used the term "ethnic cleansing" to describe what happened to Jews in Gaza, the Old City of Jerusalem, the Etzion region, and Hebron.

  29. Charlie Hall says:

    "So its only ethnic cleansing when Arab jihadists are evacuated but not when Jews are?"

    I have in fact frequently used the term "ethnic cleansing" to describe what happened to Jews in Gaza, the Old City of Jerusalem, the Etzion region, and Hebron.

  30. Charlie Hall says:

    "You forget that Israel the State was supposed to be a nation like all the other nations. Not a people on a pedestal judged by a double standard. You're playing into the hands of our enemies, ready to condemn Israel for asserting its right to defend its people and its national identity."

    Wrong, Jonathan. It is YOU who are urging Israel to be just like the other nations — and playing into the hands of our enemies. You've just advocated slavery and genocide!

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