In an unusual and disturbing departure from the normal and accepted relationship between states, president Barack Obama has criticized the composition of the new Israeli government. He declared that it disturbs him that many ministers of the government object to the idea of establishing a Palestinian state in the heart of Israel.
We would expect the leader of the Democratic Party in the United States to honor the democratic results of democratic elections in the only democratic state in the Middle East. Somebody should explain to the President that the Israeli voter has granted a majority to the Rightist camp as a result of clear-headed judgment and in light of several failed attempts to begin implementing the idea of dividing the land.
The Israeli voter has seen the results of the delusions of the New Middle East where the present president and his predecessors in the White House have tried to lead him. The Israeli voter has seen the death and the terror that the Oslo Accords and the withdrawal from Gaza have brought upon him. The Israeli voter has seen how much blood, literally, the vision of the Left has cost and especially – the Israeli voter has chosen to recover his national pride and return to his culture, to the cradle of the Jewish nation, and to the living connection between himself and his land.
That is why the Israeli voter has chosen to place in leadership, people who present a different vision – the vision of the application of Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria. At least twelve ministers of the new government oppose the creation of a Palestinian state in Israel’s Heartland and advocate in favor of Israeli Sovereignty: Ministers Yisrael Katz, Naftali Bennett, Uri Ariel, Zeev Elkin, Yariv Levin, Danny Danon, Miri Regev, Tzipy Hotovely, Ofir Akunis, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, Deputy ministers Ayoub Kara and Rabbi Eliyahu ben Dahan all are quoted in interviews in the Sovereignty Journal published by Women in Green in its campaign for the application of Israeli Sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.
The vision of the application of Israeli Sovereignty over Judea and Samaria is first and foremost a national one, by the people of Israel who understand that this is our land and the inheritance of our forefathers. This foundational principle precedes all of the other explanations and justifications and is the bedrock upon which they are based, as Uri Elitsur, obm, former head of the Prime minister’s Office, wrote: “Judea and Samaria are the backbone of the Land of Israel, the very heart of the Jewish People’s Land throughout the generations and we are obliged to make every effort to realize the ownership of the Jewish People and its sovereignty over its land”. (One State and not Bi-national, Uri Elitsur, Makor Rishon June 6, 2013).
Minister of communications Ofir Akunis agrees and is quoted in the 5th issue of Sovereignty (March 2015): “My objection to a Palestinian state stems primarily from the fact that our right to the land is eternal and irrevocable. The Land of Israel is the property of the Jewish People and there is no people in the world that would surrender its motherland. “
The application of Israeli sovereignty over the Land of Israel is consistent with international law. In 1921, at the Conference of San Remo, the League of Nations recognized the rights of the Jewish People to its land. With this act, the nations turned the Balfour Declaration and the vision of establishing a national home for the Jewish People in the Land of Israel into a principle of international law that is accepted by all the nations. And this recognition was further reinforced with the establishment of the United Nations (clause no. 80 of the UN Charter).