How should Israel Respond to the “Palestinian Declaration of Statehood?

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Time to Annex Judea and Samaria

Redacted from a much more comprehensive article by Professor Steven Plaut 
Haifi University, Israel
January 17, 2013

In a few months it will be the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the “Oslo Accord” on the White House lawn. In that signing, Yassir Arafat, on behalf of the so-called “Palestinian Liberation Organization,” committed himself and his “people” to conduct negotiations with Israel that would lead to a peaceful resolution of the Middle East Arab-Israeli conflict. He forswore unilateral actions and decisions.

Since then, the “Palestinian Authority,” which was set up by the PLO, has violated every single clause in that and the subsequent Oslo Accords. Twenty years hence, the “Palestinians” as represented by the “Authority” have yet to comply with a single one of their obligations. Arafat and his gangsters simply used the Accord as a cover to gain control over part of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. They then converted all the territory they controlled into bases for launching terrorist aggression against Israel.

The Palestinian terrorist groups have murdered at least 1700 Israeli civilians since signing that first “peace accord.” Thousands of Palestinian rockets have been launched into Israel aimed at Israeli civilians, and not just by the Hamas. “Palestinian leaders” repeat several times each day before breakfast that their aim is the obliteration of Israel altogether and that they
will never recognize the legitimacy of Israel within any set of borders.

The media controlled by the “Authority” and the terrorist organizations have been thoroughly nazified; they broadcast anti-Semitic filth that exceeds what the German Nazis broadcast in the 1930s. The Gaza Strip has been completely nazified. Very little distinguishes the Islamofascism of the Hamas from the Islamofascism of the PLO, and the “president” of the Palestinian Authority is a certified Holocaust Denier.

And now to top it all off, the “Palestinian Authority” has unilaterally declared itself to be a sovereign state and applied for United Nations membership as such. This is just the latest and not even the worst violation of “Palestinian” obligations under the Oslo Accords. This unilateral “declaration” of Palestinian statehood and bid for international recognition is not just a wholesale repudiation of the Oslo Accords by the “Palestinians.” It is also as much a declaration of war.

Israel must make it crystal clear: the experimental Israeli willingness to consider acquiescing in the creation of a separate Palestinian state is over. The “Palestinians” never had a legitimate claim to statehood, in the first place, although in exchange for peace, Israel was in the past willing to overlook this. Israel must declare: The game of pretense and fiction is over. Israel is no longer willing to pretend that there exists some sort of “Palestinian people” entitled to statehood.

The “Palestinians” are Arabs, and Arabs already have 22 states. They will not get yet another inside Israeli lands. Any Palestinian wishing to enjoy national sovereignty is free to move to one of those 22 Arab states, but no Arab sovereignty will exist in Israeli territory, meaning the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

1. The West Bank belongs to Israel and is Israeli in all ways. No non-Israeli sovereignty of any form will be permitted in the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. The West Bank is part of the Jewish national homeland, always was, and always will be.

2. “Palestinian” Arabs living in the West Bank will not receive Israeli citizenship and will not vote in Israeli national elections.

3. The land and resources in the West Bank will remain under Israeli supervision, control, and regulation.

4. “Palestinians” who do not wish to live under Israeli sovereignty will be free to leave. Israel may consider providing financial support, property compensation, or incentives for those so wishing to leave.

5. “Palestinians” in the West Bank will be considered to be resident aliens within the Jewish state. Many still have Jordanian passports and citizenship and will be considered resident Jordanians. “Palestinians” who do not have Jordanian citizenship will be stateless unless they obtain citizenship from some other country.

6. Jews will have the right to live anywhere they wish in the West Bank outside the reservations assigned to the “Palestinian” Arabs. The territory in the West Bank in which Arabs do not live or live sparsely, and this includes the Jordan Valley and the sparse areas in between the reservations, will be opened to unlimited Jewish settlement.

The Israeli Elections

As we have been noting here, the most dramatic development in the current Israeli election is the rise of Naftali Bennett’s Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party. The polls are giving him between 14 and 18 Knesset seats and I am hoping he will do even better. He has a serious chance of pushing aside the Menshevik Party of Shelly Yachimovich (a.k.a. the Israeli Labor Party) to become the Number Two party in the next Knesset. Bennett’s rise is so dramatic that the Obama White House has been issuing statements about the “danger” to the world from the success of Bennett and his party. I cannot think of a more persuasive reason to vote for them.

On many an occasion we have commented on the Literary Left in Israel. But there also operates in Israel the Cinematic Left, which is at least as extremist and anti-Israel as the Literary Left. Propped up by subsidies from the government, far-leftist film-makers churn out bash-Israel films. The foreign anti-Semites love them. The leftist-run “Jewish film festivals” in bastions of civilization like Berkeley all feature them. Especially when they paint Israel as the New Nazi Germany.

There are two films right now by Israeli directors that are so anti-Israel that the Hollywood Left has them down as candidates for an Oscar. The two films are: 5 Broken Cameras and The Gatekeepers. Please take a look at this expose of the Cinematic Left:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4332078,00.html

Professor Plaut’s complete article:

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/steven-plaut/time-to-annex-judea-and-samaria-2

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Ronnie Reagan’s advice to next Republican Presidential Candidate

Reagan Was Right

BY THE EDITORS, The Weekly Standard
JUN 27, 2011, VOL. 16, NO. 39

We at The Weekly Standard have had plenty of advice for Republicans on how to criticize (and occasionally to support) Obama administration foreign and defense policies. But as the GOP presidential campaign heats up, it seems that some candidates are more tempted to imitate the foreign policy orientation of George McGovern or John Kerry than of Ronald Reagan. So we thought it might be useful to remind them of what Reagan said when he took on and defeated a Democratic incumbent.

Here, then, are excerpts from Ronald Reagan’s acceptance speech to the 1980 Republican Convention:

…”When we move from domestic affairs and cast our eyes abroad, we see an equally sorry chapter on the record of the present administration. .  .  .

America’s defense strength is at its lowest ebb in a generation. .  .  .

Our .  .  . allies, looking nervously at the growing menace from the East, turn to us for leadership and fail to find it. .  .  .

Adversaries large and small test our will and seek to confound our resolve, but we are given weakness when we need strength; vacillation when the times demand firmness.

The Carter (Obama) administration lives in the world of make-believe. Every day, drawing up a response to that day’s problems, troubles, regardless of what happened yesterday and what will happen tomorrow.

The rest of us, however, live in the real world. It is here that disasters are overtaking our nation without any real response from Washington. .  .  .

I’ll tell you where I stand. I do not favor a peacetime draft or registration, but I do favor pay and benefit levels that will attract and keep highly motivated men and women in our volunteer forces and an active reserve trained and ready for an instant call in case of an emergency.

There may be a sailor at the helm of the ship of state, but the ship has no rudder. Critical decisions are made at times almost in comic fashion, but who can laugh? Who was not embarrassed when the administration handed a major propaganda victory in the United Nations to the enemies of Israel, our staunch Middle East ally? .  .  .

Who does not feel a growing sense of unease as our allies, facing repeated instances of an amateurish and confused administration, reluctantly conclude that America is unwilling or unable to fulfill its obligations as the leader of the free world?

Who does not feel rising alarm when the question in any discussion of American foreign policy is no longer, “Should we do something?” but “Do we have the capacity to do anything?”

The administration which has brought us to this state is seeking your endorsement for four more years of weakness, indecision, mediocrity, and incompetence. No American should vote until he or she has asked, is the United States stronger and more respected now than it was three-and-a-half years ago? Is the world today a safer place in which to live? .  .  .

We are not a warlike people. Quite the opposite. We always seek to live in peace. We resort to force infrequently and with great reluctance—and only after we have determined that it is absolutely necessary. .  .  . But neither can we be naïve or foolish. .  .  . We know only too well that war comes not when the forces of freedom are strong, but when they are weak. It is then that tyrants are tempted. .  .  .

Let our friends and those who may wish us ill take note: The United States has an obligation to its citizens and to the people of the world never to let those who would destroy freedom dictate the future course of human life on this planet. I would regard my election as proof that we have renewed our resolve to preserve world peace and freedom. This nation will once again be strong enough to do that. .  .  .

Reagan’s unapologetic defense of American strength is as timely today as it was three decades ago. Which Republican candidate will make a name for himself (or herself) by delivering a suitably updated version of this message?

The Death Throes of Israel’s self-hating Left

The B’Tselem Witch Trial

Redaction of the article, “The B’tselem Witch Trials”
By Noah Pollak
Commentary, May 2011

When the United Nations released the so-called Goldstone Report in September 2009, Israelis and their supporters around the world were astonished by the blunt words near its conclusion: “There is evidence indicating serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law were committed by Israel during the Gaza conflict, and that Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity.”

The report declared that virtually everything Israel had done during Operation Cast Lead—Israel’s attempt in late 2008 and early 2009 to stop Hamas’s rocket war on Israeli civilians—had been a crime. No single written attack on the Jewish state has been as damning, as prominent, or as influential. And yet the South African jurist Richard Goldstone and his team had only a few months to compile a report that runs to nearly 600 pages and makes hundreds of detailed accusations about the Israel Defense Force’s conduct of the war, and Goldstone himself made only a single four-day visit to Gaza.

Where did they secure the evidentiary rope with which to hang Israel? The report was largely compiled from material provided by what is often referred to as Israel’s “human rights community.” This vague euphemism refers to a coterie of groups and individuals that has evolved over the past decade into a highly politicized movement of dozens of nongovernmental organizations that operate in Israel and subject its government, military, laws, and people to relentless scrutiny and accusation.

And, as first pointed out by NGO Monitor, the Goldstone Report relied most heavily on the largest and most prominent among them: the group known as B’Tselem. More footnotes in the report, 56 in all, cite B’Tselem as a source than any other. Indeed, as Jessica Montell, B’Tselem’s executive director, has said, B’Tselem “provided extensive assistance to the UN fact-finding mission headed by Justice Goldstone—escorting them to meet victims in Gaza, providing all of our documentation and correspondence, and meeting the mission in Jordan.”

…The tactics of the ideological war this “human rights community” is waging are unmistakable. The groups relentlessly accuse Israel of committing war crimes, human-rights offenses, and violations of international law. They champion the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian narrative of victimhood and Israeli oppression. They supply the highly massaged “facts” and claims that animate journalistic, diplomatic, and political actmsm against Israel, such as the Goldstone Report.

They advocate for “lawfare” against Israeli officials—that is, prosecuting them for war crimes in European courts. And they argue either openly or by implication that Zionism itself—the existence of a Jewish state—is undemocratic, oppressive and racist.

This war of delegitimization is so dangerous because it is targeted precisely at the heart of Western support for Israel – the belief in Europe and especially in America that Israel is not only a legitimate nation/state but also an exemplar of Western liberal values, deserving of the free world’s support and its protection in the face of constant attacks.

The genius of the NGO movement is its promotion of Israelis themselves to make the case against Israel. Who better to convince Westerners that they are wrong to admire Israel than Jews feigning concern over Israel’s moral standing? The story of those Israeli Jews who have made careers out of attacking Israel’s right to exist, such as Biletzky and Yutachel, illustrates the degradation of the once mighty Israeli peace movement.

Originally the movement sought legitimacy and prominence in Israeli politics, and received it for a time—and because it was part of the political process, it was constrained by the need for electoral support and popular legitimacy. Yet the collapse of the Oslo Accords in 2000 and the Palestinian terror war that followed presented the peace movement with an existential crisis: With whom, exactly, were Israelis supposed to make peace?

The withdrawals from Lebanon in 2000 and Gaza five years later, and the entrenchment in the vacated territories of Iranian-backed terrorist groups further disillusioned Israelis and called into question central proposition of tile peace movement: That is, if Israel makes the right concessions, peace will follow. And so, over the past l5 years, the peace movement has fallen from a position of influence in Israeli politics to one, today, of irrelevance, an anachronism that no longer has realistic answers to Israel’s problems.

What remains of the (so-called) peace movement is a white-hot core of activists who refuse to acknowledge their failure and yet refuse to gracefully recede from the political stage. They have discovered an innovative formula for rebuilding their political relevance completely outside the democratic political arena; reconstitute themselves as NGOs and conceal their political agenda in the apolitical rhetoric of human rights and international law.

In this guise, the peace movement no longer has any need to win elections or offer a serious platform for governance. The NGOs instead position themselves as a blunt opposition force working against mainstream Israeli society, which is viewed as unsophisticated, provincial, racist, and stricken with “security hysteria”

This “human-rights community” has thus not only opposed every consensus Israeli security measure—Operation Defensive Shield during the intifada, the security fence to stop suicide bombers, the targeted killings of terror-group leaders, the Lebanon War, and the Gaza War—but has branded them war crimes and human-rights violations for which Israel should be punished.

In these circumstances, where there is no point in trying to succeed at the ballot box, leftist Israeli activism now directs itself internationally in the hopes that fomenting a narrative of Israeli criminality will invite enough sanction and condemnation from Europe, the United Nations, and America to force Israel to accede to the demands of these other wise powerless radicals.The policies they support would constitute nothing less than Zionism’s destruction. And they apparently have no compunction about seeking its destruction from without, since they have learned to their disappointment and rage that Israel is too strong a nation to allow itself to be destroyed from within.

Noah Pollak is the executive director of the Emergency Committee for Israel. His piece “They’re Doing the J Street Jive” appeared in the April 2009 issue of COMMENTARY.