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Op-Ed: Judea and Samaria Will Always Be Israel

For its own safety, Israel needs to claim the "West Bank" as its own

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With Israel’s new government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sworn in, and cases of Coronavirus continually decreasing, the top priority for the unity government should be to apply Israeli law on Judea and Samaria, the areas known to the global community incoherently as the “West Bank.”
 
It is certainly an exciting moment in Israeli and Jewish history that in the coming months, Donald Trump’s plan could come to fruition.

After a brief visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Israel, who undoubtedly discussed this important issue with the Netanyahu and coalition partner Benny Gantz, the path is clear for Israel to fully apply sovereignty to Area C as stipulated in the Oslo Accords, as well as the Jordan Valley, as laid out in Trump’s Middle East peace plan, in which Israel will manage civilly and militarily. This adds up to a mere 30 per cent of all of the lands in the “West Bank”.

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Judea and Samaria’s rights have solely belonged to Israel since its Independence Day in 1948. Israel is the only nation in the world that has the right to the former British Mandate to apply its sovereignty, ensuring that a Jewish state in its indigenous lands can be fulfilled.

Many leftist politicians, diplomats and thought-leaders around the world who think they act in Israel’s best interest, believe that the “annexation endeavour” will only result in the opposite of peace. They are categorically wrong. It is false to state that Israelis do not want peace. As seen through rejection after rejection, Palestinian leaders (and a huge swath of Palestinians) do not want to compromise, or to live in a shared territory with Israelis.

Map of Israel outlining the West Bank

The extremist Palestinians must give up their ongoing unsuccessful fight, which has involved terrorism and a deliberate worldwide antisemitism campaign.

Countless occasions have passed where Israel would have even given all of Judea and Samaria to the Palestinians, yet they rejected those offers as well, all post-Oslo. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has said a sentiment that has been echoed in mosques, media and their political class: they want a modern-day Judenrein, where no Jewish person can live in harmony, anywhere in the Holy Land.

There is precedent here for how applying Israeli law can only benefit Israel and the international community as a whole. In 1980, when Israel applied sovereignty to the Golan Heights after it rightfully won it in a defensive war. Security in the Middle East drastically improved, and allowed for the IDF to re-allocate its resources to more pressing matters.

With regard to American support for Israel’s greater sovereignty, it has already happened. The US support for Israel’s sovereignty over its territories, came last year when President Trump proclaimed that the Golan Heights are indeed part of sovereign Israeli territory. Even the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital could fall under this successful criterion, as well.

Israel, finally, is fighting for its own territory in the court of public opinion, claiming the land has been its rightful territory all along.

No longer will Israel need to share governing powers with the Palestinian Authority, with a full-on military administration under the IDF. Just under 500,000 Israelis live under this control, and will now be able to live under proper Israeli civil law.

The IDF will be able to focus on less tedious administrative-based tasks, and get back to their prime task of defending the Jewish state at all necessary costs. By applying its laws to the Jordan Valley, Israel will be able to defend itself in the fullest way possible against any potential threat. Trump’s plan makes it clear that without control over this region permanently, Israel remains an open target. 

Nobody wants another proxy of Iran within in shooting distance of Israel. An Islamist-run terrorist state would be a nightmare for Israel, the Jewish people and the world
Once again: Israel must protect itself at all necessary costs, including applying its own laws to its own territory, which has long been miscategorized as ‘disputed’.

It all starts with Judea and Samaria, the lands that have always been part of Israel.

Jakob Glogauer is a Toronto-based writer, with a focus on Israel and Jewish issues. He spends his spare time researching human rights issues of concern in Canada and around the world, as well as advocating for Israel in every way possible. His work has been published in JNS, The Epoch Times, The Times of Israel, and many other publications.

 
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