There is no current democratically elected Palestinian government. Furthermore, there is no peace partner in the Palestinian Authority who takes the peace process seriously. The negotiated peace process between Palestinians and Israelis has stalled for years and shows no promise of ever succeeding. President Obama has acknowledged that the possibility of a two-state solution is dim and Jimmy Carter has called the two-state solution dead. The time has come to recognize Jordan as a future Palestinian state and also set aside Areas A and B as permanent semi-autonomous Palestinian regions under Israeli oversight, in some variation of the 1995 Taba Agreement.
Deep divisions within the Jewish community and our failure to unapologetically claim all of Eretz-Israel from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, with the exception of Areas A and B, have served to encourage Palestinian stubbornness and reluctance of many international organizations to accept Israel’s legal territorial rights, as outlined in the 2012 Levy Report. A stable peace can never be achieved until Israelis themselves take a resolute position that our homeland is no longer subject to further division.
Jordan and Israel both are located in the area that originally was to be returned to Jews in recognition of Eretz-Israel as our ancient homeland. The Trans-Jordan memorandum, which took the area east of the Jordan River away from Jews and gave it to the Arabs instead, was implemented in 1923 after the Treaty of Lausanne. The process of Arabs wanting more and more of our land continues until this very day. It must be stopped.
The primary reason that Jordan today is not recognized as a Palestinian state, although it is located in historical Palestine, is because the Hashemite monarchy of King Abdullah II has succeeded in refusing to relinquish power to a democratically elected government of Palestinians, although his wife, Queen Rania, and the majority of Jordanians are Palestinian. Additionally, many in Israel and in the international community are reluctant to embrace a democratic Jordan because of the fear that any Palestinian government would soon become unstable after succumbing to intimidation from Palestinian terror organizations.
In the name of stability, the Hashemite monarchy continues to cling to power, denying the Palestinians a democratically-elected government. Rather than favoring an unstable Palestinian government in Jordan, most Arab dictators support the further division of Israel as a temporary solution in order to weaken the Jewish State before it is finally destroyed at a later time. According to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, for example, the West Bank of the Jordan River also should be given to Arabs although it was originally set aside after World War I as part of a Jewish homeland.
The Arab appetite for ever more of our tiny Jewish State is unacceptable in light of the fact that the Arab world consists of 22 Islamic nations and has over 400 million people. In contrast, Israel is approximately one-sixth of one percent of the size of the combined Arab land. In other words, Arabs and Muslims control over 600 times as much land as Jews. Additional encroachment upon our tiny Jewish State and further illegal Palestinian expansion beyond the nation of Jordan and Areas A and B must be stopped.
Arabs have lived in Eretz-Israel for less than 1,400 years. In contrast, we have called Eretz-Israel our homeland for 4,000 years. Nonetheless, we accept Israeli Arabs as our neighbors and friends. We should put forth more effort to fully integrate them into Israeli society with full rights and responsibilities, which would help to establish trust and lay the foundation for peaceful co-existence. As a permanent resolution of the conflict, any Palestinian Arabs unwilling to be peacefully integrated into Israeli society can continue to live in Jordan or in Areas A and B, which will be permanent semi-autonomous Palestinian regions under Israeli oversight, in some variation of the 1995 Taba Agreement.
Yoeli’s Mandate: Leave your mark, make a difference for the good, and do your part to make sure that they never again devour Jacob or make his habitation waste.
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