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Posts Tagged ‘Transfer’

Netanyahu: ‘Not Even One Meter’ of Area C to Palestinian Authority

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to Likud ministers in a meeting on Sunday that Israel would not transfer “even one meter” of territory to the Palestinian Authority.

But it was not really clear whether the prime minister was talking about territory in Area C with mutual swaps, or Area C “unilaterally,” or Area C in negotiations, or elsewise.

In fact, nothing was clear at all, except that he was adamant that there would be no unilateral transfer of territory, which is not the same thing as a properly negotiated transfer in a mutually worked out agreement, which may still be on the table.

“There won’t be any transfer of territory of the Palestinians, not 40,000 [dunam], not 10,000 [dunam] and not even one meter,” Netanyahu was quoted as by Ynet as saying in a meeting with Likud ministers. In that gathering he was referring to a report about handing over portions of Area C to the Palestinian Authority – something that was never an issue under the Oslo Accords in any case.

But the issue was indeed raised after Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council, accused the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) and the IDF Civil Administration of working on a plan to do exactly that: to transfer 10,000 dunam of territory in Area C to the Palestinian Authority. It’s a plan that former U.S. special envoy to the Middle East Martin Indyk had also discussed in the past, and raised again recently while on a visit to Tel Aviv.

There were also reports last week that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rejected a proposal by Netanyahu to allow Arabs to build in some parts of Area C in exchange for ending the current wave of terror – and for the U.S. to acknowledge Israel’s right to build in the primary “settlement blocs” in which its Jewish communities are located in Judea and Samaria.

It has long been believed that those areas will likely remain part of Israel in any final status agreement with the Palestinian Authority.

To sweeten the deal, there were reports that Netanyahu had also offered to transfer some of the territory in Area C to the PA – but none of the reports were confirmed.

Dagan, however, insisted that he knew COGAT was advancing a plan to offer one part of Area C to the PA and reclassify it as Area B instead.

Under the Oslo Accords, Area C is totally under Israeli civil administrative and security control; Area B is under the security control of Israel, but Areas B and A are under the civil and administrative control of the Palestinian Authority. Area A is totally under the Palestinian Authority control, including security.

Outraged, Dagan asked Likud ministers to raise the issue at their Sunday morning meeting with Netanyahu, warning that to grant such a deal in the middle of a wave of terror would be tantamount to rewarding the attacks.

He also demanded that Netanyahu order COGAT and the IDF Civil Administration which administers the territories to stop working on such plans.

With increased numbers of IDF units carrying out security missions in all sectors of Judea and Samaria literally every night, however, it is more likely such a plan would be sabotaged long before it got off the ground, even if it were to be raised.

The IDF has shut down three separate PA radio stations for incitement, including one that was shut down just this weekend, early Sunday.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said in a radio interview on Israel Radio on Sunday that Israel’s conflict “did not start today and won’t end [tomorrow].

Jewish Press Staff

Liberman Returns to His Roots

Monday, February 9th, 2015

After zigging and zagging a bit, trying to find that elusive, imaginary center, Avigdor Liberman and his Yisrael Beiteynu party have returned to its roots and the campaign platform they has always run on – border modifications for peace – and that’s the message on his campaign posters.

Liberman’s plan is not to move people, but to move borders and citizenship.

He wants the Israeli-Arab residents who identify themselves as “Palestinians” and the land they live on to officially become part of “Palestine”, and no longer Israel. While settlements will be officially annexed into Israel.

No one physically moves, no one is physically transferred, but their official identities match their stated ideological ones.

But for some strange reason, most Israeli-Arabs, for instance of Um el-Fahm, who identify themselves as “Palestinians” don’t want to give their Israeli citizenship and have their homes annexed into “Palestine”.

Weird.

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It’s Time to Go Home

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

As the IDF cleans up Gaza from the terror tunnels, and destroys the rocket launchers, it’s considering the next phase, which is the eradication of Hamas itself.

Meanwhile, the world is eagerly looking forward to the next round of financing of Gaza, with the US and Qatar already promising $47 million dollars in aid. Which is of course a bad investment, because if nothing radically changes on the ground, it’s only a matter of time, before the IDF will need to destroy everything again in the battle against Palestinian terrorism.

So what’s next?

There’s a stupid line that often repeated: Israel can’t get rid of Hamas (or Arafat, or the PA…), because whatever replaces it might be worse.

It’s a stupid line, because we have the option and the ability to decide what will replace Hamas. The question is, do we have the will to make it so.

What’s clear is that the IDF will have to stay in the Philadelphia Corridor that separates Gaza and Egypt.

The Palestinian Authority certainly can’t be trusted to guard the border, just as they can’t be and aren’t trusted in Judea and Samaria (just last week, a weapons shipment was caught as it was being transported across the Dead Sea).

It’s also clear that the IDF will need to stay inside Gaza too (whether we do or don’t is another question).

But as we are almost 9 year to the day that the Jewish residents of Gaza were expelled from their homes in the Disengagement, maybe it’s time to consider something else.

To me it is clear that it’s time to correct the evil done to our fellow citizens and to ourselves, and return to our homes in Gush Katif and Gaza.

To begin with, the US, the EU, Qatar and everyone else should be clearly told, don’t waste your money rebuilding Gaza.

Before the war, 70% of Gazans wanted to leave. I’m sure that percent is even higher now.

Use that international aid to relocate them. They want to leave. Help them in the way they actually want to be helped, not in a way that perpetuates the conflict.

Why throw more money into a bad solution that maintains the problem, when there is a clear solution, that all the parties want, that will end the conflict?

And secondly, once this war is over, the Jews should go down to Gaza and reclaim their homes and businesses they were brutally uprooted from in 2005.

The Gazans want to go, and the Jews want to go home. There is a peaceful solution.

How about trying something different for a change.

JoeSettler

Transfer: Still The Only Solution

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The hatred is so thick, you can feel it in another country. The world screams for our blood. European politicans lean on Israel hoping to snap us in two. Crude pundits and politicians spew the kind of filth once found in JuluisStreicher’s pornographic rag. Jewish neighborhoods burn throughout Europe because Israel has the audacity to defend itself.

 

On American soil, Obama shows us why he has earned the title of most anti-semitic President in U.S. history.  He can’t even hide it on his arrogant mug, nor does he wish to. John Kerry proves himself a worthy heir to Hillary. I imagine a job application for the U.S. Secretary of State includes the following question: What unique brand of anti-semitism does your skill set bring to the table?

 

As always, one can only find solace in the Torah, and more importantly, in its application. Hence the appropriateness of this week’s Torah reading. How tragically ironic that while our soldiers (may The Almighty preserve them) are fighting the Arab Amalekites in the ancient region of Azza, we will be reading the weekly Torah portion which remains the sole blueprint for dealing with our enemies. The Torah speaks concretely and without ambiguity.

 

ParshatMasai. “Vehorashtem”- “You shall drive out all the land’s inhabitants before you, and you shall destroy all their prostration stones, all their molten images you shall destroy, and all of their high places you shall demolish.” (Numbers 33: 52-53) 

 

“If you do not dispossess the inhabitants of the land, those whom you allow to remain shall be barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land in which you live. Then, I will do to you what I had planned to do them.” (Numbers 33:55-56)

 

You will note that the verse makes no mention of not harming “innocent civilians.” I had to point that out.  

 

The OhrHaChaim (classic Pentateuch commentary of Rabbi Chaim Ben Attar) addresses this issue. “You must drive out”. Although the verse said of the seven nations “you shall not allow  any people to remain alive” (Deut. 20:16) Here, the Torah is talking about other nations found there beside the seven. It therefore was careful to say, “all the lands’ inhabitants,” meaning, even those not of the seven. (Numbers 33:52)

 

In summation, the notion of ridding the land of hostile/dangerous elements is not limited to the historical seven nations that the Jewish people faced upon entering the land. It is a template that applies to enemies in all generations.

 

Many Jews, including too many religious ones, are uncomfortable with the Torah’s words and would like to relegate them to the shelves of ancient history. Those who don’t see the Torah as the literal word of The Almighty readily dismiss it as an ancient war- ethic that has no applicability in a modern age. Some will deem it barbaric by modern standards. There are many with kipot who will utilize more elaborate ways to evade the halachic requirement. Some are clever enough to argue that this, like Israel’s other wars is a milchement mitzvah (biblical war-the correct general consensus of religious Zionists) but yet somehow maintain that the other elements of the mitzvah don’t apply.

 

Those who are honest enough to state the halachic truth without compromise are few and they are demonized. In our times, only one prominent person dared to address this provocative issue. Naturally, I speak of the great Rabbi Kahane (may G-d avenge his blood) whose brilliant prose graced the pages of the Jewish Press for many years, ensuring that Jews would get an education they were unlikely to receive elsewhere. His magnum opus, entitled “They Must Go!” is a must read for anyone interested in Israel’s survival. It was a terrifying read back in the 1980’s before Oslo. Today it is a nightmare read that would be classified as horror were it not the truth. And for his honesty, the left and the right (the reasonable, respectable right) rose up and outlawed Rabbi Kahane’s KACH party which was slated to win approximately 10-15 seats in the next Knesset. What did Rabbi Kahane do to raise their ire?

Donny Fuchs

Peace Now – Let Those Arabs Go!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

A Palestinian Authority polling institute survey of Arabs living in Judea, Samaria, Gaza and eastern Jerusalem indicate that most want to leave the Land of Israel and emigrate to other countries, according to a Ynet report.

68% of the Arabs surveys are concerned for their economic well-being.

70% of the Arabs surveyed would emigrate to the West if they could. 70 percent.

Among their primary concerns are the increased likelihood of war with Israel, and their worsening financial situation.

The poll was carried out between June 16-24 with a sample of 1024 adults.

If ever there was a solution to the problem of peace in the Middle East (or at least in Israel) it’s staring us right in the face.

Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger points out that net Arab emigration from Judea and Samaria in 2013 was 20,0000 people.

If 70% of Arabs in the living in the land of Israel want to leave, what better solution is there for peace than to help them land comfortably on their feet in those western countries so concerned about peace in Israel.

It’s time America and Europe did their part for peace – enough talk, now it’s time for action. Open those doors up wide.

Shalom Bear

Syrian Girl (13) Treated in Nahariya Hospital

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

An IDF medical team sent a 13 year old Syrian girl to the Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya (northern Israel) for treatment. She suffered serious facial and body injuries, according to a report in Walla.

The girl had an fracture in her leg that required surgery, as well as shrapnel damage to her face that entered near her eye and cheek, as well as shrapnel in her hand.

She is the youngest Syrian citizen transferred to Israel so far for treatment as a result of the Syrian civil war.

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