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December 26, 2011 11:05 am

End the Occupation – Now!

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No Entrance for Israelis into Palestinian Authority areas in Judea and Samaria

No Entrance for Israelis into Palestinian Authority areas in Judea and Samaria

As a result of the 1967 Six Day War, Israel gained control of the Golan, Sinai, Judea and Samaria, and united its holy city and capital, Jerusalem. Until that war, all of those areas had been under the control of Israel’s neighbors – Syria, Jordan and Egypt. When those neighbors banded together in a scheme to eliminate the Jewish state in their midst, the attack did not play out as the Arabs had hoped. Not only did tiny Israel, in the first stages of establishing itself, survive the intended threat, but it was also able to expand its control into historically significant and strategically important land areas.

As might be expected, the young country was unprepared to establish a policy regarding the future of these areas. General Benny Peled tells in his memoirs of his disappointment when after capturing the Sinai, he learned that the political leadership had no plan drawn up for incorporating the newly acquired land. Israel under Ben Gurion and Golda Meir refused to consider handing over half of the Sinai in exchange for normalization of relations with Egypt, so Israeli cities, farms, bases and oil drills were established in Sinai during the 1970s. This policy was overturned when the Begin administration agreed to uproot all Jewish development and life from Sinai, giving the entire land over to Egypt. That arrangement, signed at Camp David, became the basis for the barrage of requests made since by Arab countries and Palestinian terror organizations demanding “land for peace.”

In 1980, after realizing the danger of having politicians negotiate away land of national and strategic importance, the Knesset passed the Jerusalem and Golan Law, which incorporated these areas into the State of Israel. At the same time, they nationalized the residents of these lands by granting them Israeli citizenship. Although this law is still contested by other countries, Israel internally regards these areas as having the same status as any other parts of the country, and Israeli law governs their residents in the same way as it does citizens elsewhere in Israel.

Israel’s lack of a consistent and comprehensive policy regarding the areas of Judea and Samaria (aka “The West Bank”), has encouraged the growth of the Palestinian movement in the direction of the PLO and its many factions, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and the multiple anti-Israel propaganda operations worldwide. They all thrive on Israel’s mixed messages and displays of insecurity pertaining to the rights of the Jewish people to this land and Israel’s responsibility to govern this area as it does all other parts of the country.

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The political and legal classification of Judea and Samaria as “under military rule” is bothersome and should be eliminated. Israel is one country between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, and should have one law for all citizens and residents – without separation between regions.

Media and foreign organizations wrongfully portray the Israel Defense Force’s security measures as ethnic discrimination, which simply cannot be the case, seeing as Israel’s army and government include members of all the religious and ethnic groups in the country. Jews and non-Jews alike share all areas and enjoy the same infrastructure, services and all other opportunities.

Non-Jewish communities in Israel – Druze, Bedouin and Cherkezi – have proven that non-Jewish residents of Israel can be full partners in the Zionist effort without forfeiting their own cultures and religions. These examples should serve as a model for Israeli policy throughout all parts of its territory.

Arab residents of Judea and Samaria should be offered the privilege of aligning themselves with the Jewish State, its laws and national symbols. They should be able to demonstrate loyalty though volunteerism in the country’s military or national service like all other citizens, and they should then be eligible for its benefits. Naturally, fifth-column type activities could not be tolerated. People who might consider exploiting Israel’s openness and hospitality in order to undermine security and the Jewish character of the state would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. As expected for any other country, the Israeli government and legal system should implement all measures necessary to secure the nation’s stability and future.

Israeli leadership should have annexed Judea and Samaria many years ago. Now, 20 years after Oslo, when it is common knowledge that the PLO’s Palestinian Authority experiment is a failure, it is time to acknowledge that there is no alternative to incorporating all areas under Israeli control as official parts of the State of Israel.

David Ha’ivri is the director of the Shomron Liaison Office. He and his wife Mollie live in Kfar Tapuach, Shomron with their eight children. Follow him on Twitter @haivri

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  • Ivri

    I dont think muslims are in the position of criticizing religious freedom in Israel. Has nothing to do with racism but the importance to keep Judaism as the main religion in the State of Israel. One thing is to have laws and make people comply with them and other to PERSECUTE and MURDER as other religions do.
    For thousands of years, christians, muslims and jews have lived here. And up to now, from the mediterranean sea to the Jordan river, all of us still live together. Israel have no problems with that as long as they pledge their loyalty to Israel at some point, and align to the laws of this land.

  • Palestine

    we all go and run from all countries to FREE Palestine because we the right and you know that but i didn’t know what’s happened in this world

  • Messiah’s Donkey

    You are TOXIC ORGANIC WASTE that slowly but surely liquidates the state of Israel… Hallelujah!

  • zalmy

    Kahane Tzadak!!!!!!!!!!

  • salvage

    Ah the comments are what makes this one funny.

    >That is the difference between Israel and the Palestinians all they think of is war,

    I’m sorry, what’s Israel’s defence budget again? How many times have they invaded other countries?

    >which is why they are in the position they are in and Israel is a modern developed technological advanced country.

    Is that why? I thought is was the billions in aid from the US… say, how long would Israel last without that influx of cash?

    >Correct. And those Arab residents of Judea, Samaria or Jerusalem who prove to be a fifth column, or worse, should be deported to the Arab country of their choice or their ancestry.

    Hey, can we say the same about the Jews in Israel? Be easier considering many have only been there for far fewer generations. What about the Arabs who are from the bits you call Israel? What is to be done with them? The showers perhaps?

    >And it is indeed a terrorist state, as its former Jewish residents predicted would come to pass.

    You invade, take people’s lands and futures treat them like second class citizens with an apartheid system and they get violent! And they “predicted” that? Amazing! No one could have!

    >Even before the 1967 war that brought the “Green Line” into existence, Arafat and other “Palestinians” formed the PLO in 1964 to kill Israeli Jews, destroy their homes and buildings, remove the tiny nation of Israel off the map, and finish out what the Nazis had started.

    Yes, that was the plan, they were all “We’ll get the Jews to come here and THEN we’ll kill ’em all!” So of course killing all the Palestinians / driving them out is merely an act of self-defence.

    What a rather novel view of history you have.

    >This is, simply, insane. To offer citizenship to millions of hostile Palestinians, many of whom will be able to repatriate their “refugee” relatives, is to destroy the idea of the Jewish state forever.

    You mean turn it back to what it was before their land was given away by / stolen in wars they didn’t start through democracy? The majority people who live in a land getting a say about it?!?!?

    That would be awful! Why can’t the Palestinians understand that they are subhuman animals who should all be marched into camps, killed and turned to ash?

    >You need to let all the Arabs read this, at least the ones that can read.

    HA! HA! YES! They are all ignorant! Arabs have never contributed to the written word in any way!

    >In 1967 the Israelis could have run all the Arabs out of Israel but the reason they didn’t is because they were trying to be nice.

    It is a shame that they just didn’t slaughter every man woman and child they came across, this half measure of a ghettoization was rather nice but really didn’t provide a Final Solution. Time get the cattle cars rolling, to fire the ovens, and show the Germans how to get ‘er done!

    When I was in Israel these commentators represents a pretty good cross section of what I heard from Israelis themselves. Some who had even survived the Holocaust or had parents and grandparents who had. I came to the startling conclusion that they’re not against genocide as a concept, just against it when applied to them.

    While Ron Paul is a racist crackpot who should never be allowed near the levers of power I almost want him to be President just so he’d pull the plug on Israel’s cash and military pipeline. Then we’d see just how chosen the land really is.

  • Eliyahu S

    End the Occupation! Mohammedans occupying land given by God to descendants of the Twelve Tribes of Israel must leave.

    If they wish to remain as Permanent Residents without full legal citizenship, but paying taxes and obeying laws, then that’s fine, as is done with people of other faiths from other countries, like Greek or Russian Orthodox priests manning churches. But treason and incitement ARE illegal, and the penalty should be increased as well as the enforcement.

    • salvage

      >End the Occupation! Mohammedans occupying land given by God to descendants of the Twelve Tribes of Israel must leave.

      Why doesn’t your god do it? If it promised these descendants anything should it be the one making good on it?

      Weird that your god would promise something but only deliver when mortal geo-politics made it possible some thousands of years later.

  • Robert

    “Trying to be nice”. Sure they were. Just like the settlers are doing now. Real nice people who have the job of Israel’s “ethnic cleansing” now.

    • salvage

      Hey now, it’s only bad if it being done to Jews, when Jews do it it’s fulfilling Torah prophecy.

  • I think it is important to be precise here. Israel is a racist state, even towards its Christian and Muslim citizens: the Mayor of Nazareth (which lies within the 67 boundaries) forbids Christians to put Christmas trees in public places ( http://bit.ly/uukLxl ), Shimon Peres calls “the Arab sector of the Negev and the Galilee” a “demographic threat”, ignoring the fact that part members of this public actually serve in the Israeli army (see wikileaks http://bit.ly/tCUKQs). Surveys, such as the 2009 democracy index reveal that 53% of the Jewish public supports encouraging Israeli Palestinians to emigrate from Israel, 38% think that Jewish citizens should have more rights that non-Jewish citizens and only 19% oppose the statement “agreement of a Jewish majority is required on decisions fateful for the country”.

    All this shows that yes, Israel is a Jewish state and no, it does not treat all citizens as equal. Palestinians living in Israel are not equal to Jews. Christians and Muslims living in the Jewish state are not equal to Jews, we are discriminated against and always be considered 2nd class citizens. As long as this situation continues, we will continue to engage in a struggle for our emancipation and liberation, for equal rights to Jews, Muslims and Christians everywhere in the holy land.

  • TCMSOLS

    The Palestinians are whack jobs, I got Mazen that settlement freeze and he stall, until the last minute then said he would resume talks, if it continued. When he refused to talk while it was in place because it was not good enough. No Israeli PM has done a settlement freeze.

    So we are back to the beginning they think they are going to liberate all the land, kill all the Jews. They are fools as they were when they said no to the UN, through the peace process and now going back to the past.

    Now what is going to happen is like Gaza a gated community, they will end up in gated community two in the West Bank. Camp One Gaza, Camp two WB or as we refer to them gated communities.

    Now the Palestinians think that there will be a war, I will build a canal from the Med to the Gulf of Aqaba along the border, to rival the Suez and take their revenue. Free access if need be, no ship will pass through the Suez.

    Water is a commodity water contracts we will help build a huge dam in South Sudan, they need all the money they can get as a developing nation so Egypt will lose money from the Suez have to pay more for water or not get any. South Sudan will get the best IDF training and Equipment and a defense pact.

    Then because they are barbarians unlike others in the region, they will destroy their tourism market. Unlike Dubai that allow the market to flourish. So if we go to war with Egypt it will not be over the Palestinian issue, it will be because of the canal, water. So the easiest option for the military is either war with Israel or a coup and Egypt’s short lived experiment with democracy will be over.

    I can destroy that country via development and business, without firing a shot. But as we have a peace treaty and stability is important such issues as the water contracts or a rival to the Suez is not a preferred option.

    We are prepared to give back half the Golan for a peace treaty with Syria, but not with Assad.

    So we can either get along or we can go the other way. I really don’t care either way it does not matter to me. Of course I would prefer what was the original plan peace treaties and a two state solutions if not. then we have options.

    That is the difference between Israel and the Palestinians all they think of is war, which is why they are in the position they are in and Israel is a modern developed technological advanced country.

  • Hana Levi Julian

    Correct. And those Arab residents of Judea, Samaria or Jerusalem who prove to be a fifth column, or worse, should be deported to the Arab country of their choice or their ancestry. Regarding Gaza, I believe at this point we need to acknowledge that whatever “independent Palestinian state” may be established has in fact already come into existence, right there. And it is indeed a terrorist state, as its former Jewish residents predicted would come to pass. But since that is the case, we are best served by permanently sealing our border as my Bedouin friends have advised, and as other nations do with hostile neighbors — and then defending it as such.

  • Catherine

    Even before the 1967 war that brought the “Green Line” into existence, Arafat and other “Palestinians” formed the PLO in 1964 to kill Israeli Jews, destroy their homes and buildings, remove the tiny nation of Israel off the map, and finish out what the Nazis had started.

  • Joe

    This is, simply, insane. To offer citizenship to millions of hostile Palestinians, many of whom will be able to repatriate their “refugee” relatives, is to destroy the idea of the Jewish state forever. I’m afraid the more sane alternative is for Mr. Ha’ivri to move a few kilometers to the West.

  • Dan Sweeten

    You need to let all the Arabs read this, at least the ones that can read. This artical explains it all, Good Job!
    In 1967 the Israelis could have run all the Arabs out of Israel but the reason they didn’t is because they were trying to be nice.

    Pro-Israel
    Dan Sweeten

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