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Israel’s legal occupation

June 6th, 2007  ·  49 Comments

Israel this week marked 40 years since its stunning victory over vastly superior Arab forces in the 1967 Six Day War. The rest of the world remembered the event by unleashing a flood of criticism over Israel’s continued “occupation” of Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights.

When Israel’s detractors speak of the “illegal occupation” they are basing their position on UN Security Council Resolution 242.

However, an honest examination of the resolution and the subsequent events of of the past four decades reveals that Israel’s control of these territories in fact constitutes a legal occupation. Continue reading »

If Jerusalem, then also the ‘West Bank’

May 14th, 2007  ·  5 Comments

Apparently, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is firmly opposed to dividing Jerusalem and surrendering its eastern half to the Arabs, while unblinking she advocates the division of the Land of Israel and the surrender of her nation’s biblical heartland.

Either Livni is just following the polls, which is likely considering her chance to steal the premiership from Olmert, or she is truly deluded.

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Democracy and the division of Israel

May 9th, 2007  ·  14 Comments

With the Lebanon war behind us, and Israeli politicians trying to do anything to divert attention from the damning Winograd Commission findings, the lie that Israel must surrender its Arab-dominated biblical heartland in order to survive as both a Jewish state and a democracy is again a favorite topic of discussion.

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Talking surrender, inviting disaster

March 4th, 2007  ·  7 Comments

This will come as no surprise, but the government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert still very much intends to uproot thousands of Jews from Judea and Samaria in the very near future.

Vice Premier Shimon Peres said on Israeli television on Saturday that by the end of the current government’s term, at least several dozen established Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria will be no more.

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Death is staring Israel in the face

September 3rd, 2006  ·  14 Comments

I know Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has put his “convergence” plan on the back burner for now, but that doesn’t mean he has forgotten about it or doesn’t plan to still implement it. After all, he and his colleagues insisted during the election campaign that Israel has no other hope but to surrender Arab-dominated Judea and Samaria.

But even if Olmert and his buddies were right in asserting that holding the cradle of Jewish civilization poses a demographic threat to the modern Jewish state (and they are not), the more immediate threat of having all Israel covered by short-range enemy rocket fire should raise some giant red flags.

Imagine all of northern Israel to the Jezreel Valley under attack from Hizb’allah’s 10,000 rockets, the populous central region taking fire from Samaria, Jerusalem being bombarded by Judea-based rocket cells, and Beersheva, Ashkelon and the south suffering a barrage of Gaza-launched missiles. After last month’s Lebanon war, that scenario must be viewed as realistic. And if it does happen, it will completely shut this nation down. No business, no commerce, no air travel, no tourism, etc. The desolation that existed in northern Israel from July 12 to August 14 of this summer would extend to every border of the Jewish state.

The demographic threat is a theory, an assumption. The rockets are a very real and proven threat.

Do you want Israel out or not?

May 11th, 2006  ·  26 Comments

The international community’s reaction to Israel’s intention to hand most of Judea and Samaria back to the Arabs without asking anything in return seems to suggest the world doesn’t actually want the “Israeli occupation” to come to an end. Continue reading »

Israel has tried to be generous

April 4th, 2006  ·  17 Comments

Andrew Jaffee comments at IsraPundit on a Jerusalem Post story regarding Europe’s suggestion that Jerusalem “lease the settlement blocs from the Palestinian Authority rather than annex them outright.”

According to the article:

…the EU’s hope would be that Israel would ‘be generous’ and give the PA ‘more than the minimum.’

An incredulous Jaffee responds:

Israel makes up 1/6 of one percent of the territory of the Middle East, and the Jewish state should “be generous” and give the PA “more than the minimum?” There’s an old expression: ‘One half of nothing is still nothing.’ Israel has already been generous, giving up Gaza and now planning to give up the West Bank. We’re back to square one, where the Arabs, and their EU supporters, seem bent on demanding that all of little Israel be given up.

I would add that even before the current “peace” process, “disengagement” and planned “convergence,” the Jews were more than generous with this land.

You see, the Balfour Declaration promised to the Jews not only all the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea to Israel, but also all of what is today the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan – much of which was part of biblical Israel.

In 1920, the Balfour Declaration for all intents and purposes became international law at the League of Nations’ meeting in San Remo.

But when it came time to seek independence, the Jews did not bring up these laws, and settled for whatever scrap of land the UN would agree to recognize Israel on. And that scrap was far smaller than the lands originally promised.

The Jews have already shown more generosity than any other people would even consider in relinquishing their biblical, historic, and legal claims to OVER half the land they are entitled to.

And this is why Ehud Olmert’s “convergence” plan is so dangerous, and should throw up warning signs for all Israelis. If the past century has taught Israel anything, it should be that no amount of land will ever assuage its enemies.

Hamas appears to be the only party seeing things clearly when it says: Peace means the elimination of Israel.