Israel has historical and legal claims to all of Judea and Samaria
Reprinted from Daily Alert, July 6, 2020
Global Commentary and Think-Tank Analysis:
- Don’t Call It Annexation – Amb. Danny Danon
The continued use of the term “annexation” effectively denies the Jewish people the right to exercise sovereignty over our homeland and actually makes peace an ever more remote possibility. There is no peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians because the Palestinian Authority leadership refuses to acknowledge the Jewish people’s indigenous claim to the Land of Israel.
The Palestinians contend that the Jews are European colonists and must be expelled, like the British, French, Ottomans, and other colonial powers. Those who use the term “annexation” subscribe, in whole or in part, to this Palestinian narrative. However, as former prime minister Menachem Begin once stated, “You can annex foreign territory. You cannot annex your own country.”
Israel’s historical claim to this territory dates back over three millennia. Ever since Moses led the Israelites to the Promised Land after the Exodus from Egypt, Jews have lived and exercised sovereignty in Israel. The return of the Jewish people and the creation of the State of Israel is not a story of a foreign people colonizing a foreign land, but one of a native people reuniting with their brothers and sisters in their ancient homeland. The writer is Israel’s ambassador to the UN. (Jerusalem Post)
- Israeli Diplomat: How Is a Failed Palestinian State Good for the Palestinians?
Israel’s former ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, told the BBC in an interview: “Any peace has to be based on reality. You can have a two-state illusion. It might look nice on a piece of paper but it will never be implemented. A real solution has to take into account the realities on the ground and, first and foremost, you have to build peace on security because we know that peace that can’t be defended won’t endure. It can’t survive.”
“If a future Palestinian state’s going to be just another failed Middle Eastern state, if it’s going to look like Iraq or Syria or Yemen or Libya – which unfortunately there are signs that is going to be the case – how is that good for peace, how is that good for Israel?
“More importantly, how is that going to be good for the Palestinians?… Is it a Palestinian state that is peaceful, democratic and one that wants to live with Israel side-by-side, or is it going to be a superior platform to continue the struggle against Israel? These are the questions that have to be asked.” (BBC News)
The Jewish People’s Rights – Nadav Shragai (Israel Hayom)
- A fundamental principle which is so lacking in the current discourse about sovereignty was highlighted by Israeli poet Naomi Shemer writing in Ma’ariv in December 1975.
- “The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people…regardless of conditions or temporary ownership of territory, regardless of the essence of a passing rule or a question such as how many Jews are living in the Land of Israel at any given moment.”
- That, if you will, is the unwritten constitution of the State of Israel, the one that begins with “Go from your country…to the land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1) and continues on to “the hope that is 2,000 years old” and the genetic code of “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem.”
- Even the League of Nations recognized that genome 100 years ago as “the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine” and “the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country” and the Jewish right to “settle in any place in the west of Palestine, between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.”
- Security is important but doesn’t come before everything else. David Ben-Gurion didn’t address the question when he insisted on holding onto far-flung settlements in the Jerusalem hills and in the Negev and the western Galilee.
- We might be here today because of might, but even before that, because we have a right to be.
The writer, a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, has documented Jerusalem for Ha’aretz and Israel Hayom for over thirty years.