By Michelle Cohen
Most members of the Israeli Government, Israeli journalists as well as Israeli citizens, refer to Judea and Samaria as “Occupied Territories” or “The Territories” or even “West Bank.” They refer to Jews living in Judea and Samaria as “settlers”. All Israelis refer to the Arabs living in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, as “Palestinians.” They recognise Mahmoud Abbas as the “Leader” of the “Palestinian Authority.” They refer to Jerusalem as “East” and “West” Jerusalem — “East” being recognised as “Palestinian,” and “West,” as “Jewish.” What does this suggest? Does this suggest that someday, “East Jerusalem” will become the capital of “Palestine.” In fact, Jerusalem is undivided except in people’s minds. Israel has surrendered 80% of Hebron to the so-called “Palestinians.” Israel has no access to many areas of Judea and Samaria, as they are controlled by the “Palestinian Authority,” “Fatah,” “PLO,” or whatever you want to call it. Most Israeli Journalists as well as government members perceive Ramallah as the “Capital,” (of sorts) of the supposed “Palestinian Territory.” They have divided Judea and Samaria into areas A, B, and C, in accordance with the catastrophic “Oslo II Accords.” Area “A” is fully controlled by the so-called “Palestinian Authority”. Area “B” is controlled by both Israel and the “Palestinian Authority.” Area “C” is controlled by Israel alone. What does this mean? Does it mean that area “A” and part of area “B” will eventually be a future Arab State called “Palestine?” Israel has tried to negotiate a “deal” with Mahmoud Abbas, who is actually a terrorist and a terrorist sympathiser. Israel has allowed the United States, as well as other nations, to try to “broker a deal” between Israel and the “Palestinian Authority.” What is the significance of this “deal?” Is it to give away parts of Judea and Samaria to the Arabs as a sovereign state? Benjamin Netanyahu, like most other prime ministers before him, has expressed that he is “willing to sit at a negotiating table at any time” with whomever is the “leader” of the “Palestinians”— be it the late Yasser Arafat or present-day Mahmoud Abbas. What will they be negotiating? None other than what areas of Judea and Samaria Israel will surrender in order to create another nondemocratic, rogue Arab State called “Palestine.” Any Israeli will tell you that the green, red, white and black flag, which looks exactly like the Jordanian flag without the white star in the red triangle, is a “Palestinian flag.” Israelis have come to accept calling the Arabs “Palestinian people” and have accepted their flag. Both the “people” and the flag were created by Yasser Arafat. There were no such people nor was there ever such a flag prior to Arafat, who was born in Cairo, Egypt. However, since Israelis recognise the “leaders”, the flag and the people, it stands to reason that the rest of the world does as well. Israelis should never give Arabs the satisfaction of referring to them as “Palestinian” or recognising any “authority” or any flag. Particularly because they do not recognise Israel.
Most shockingly, however, is the fact that Israel has destroyed homes and synagogues built by Jews in Gaza, Judea and Samaria. They were built in areas that are “controlled” by the “Palestinians.” What is the message here? Is it “Palestinian” territory where Jews must not build because it will eventually be a Jew-free “Palestine?”
Never has any prime minister of Israel dared to stand up and say, “No more negotiations! There will never be an Arab State in Judea and Samaria.” Since Jordan used to be part of the British Mandate, and it is three to four times the size of Israel, and there are approximately 3 million Arabs who refer to themselves as “Palestinians”, why not negotiate “Palestine” with King Abdullah of Jordan? The answer is always the same: “Abdullah will never agree to such a negotiation. It is out of the question.” If a Muslim king is disinterested in creating an Islamic State for his fellow Muslims, then why is it a “question” in the Jewish State? If he feels no obligation towards a large percentage of the “Palestinians” who live in Jordan, why does Israel carry the burden? Abdullah would not have to have them living in Jordan. Just like in Judea and Samaria, he could “carve” out a state for the “Palestinians” in Jordan and give them sovereignty over their own state. It would be a Muslim state within a Muslim country — no Jews allowed. How perfect! Would any Israeli prime minister ever dare to even suggest this solution? There has not yet been one with this kind of courage and chutzpah!
Pondering on all of this, it can only be concluded that Israel recognises the “State of Palestine” within Judea and Samaria and will allow it to come into existence at some point in time. It may be sooner than later, but it shouldn’t exist at all. Israel ought to annex Judea and Samaria, once and for all, and impose the burden on Jordan to create a state for the so-called “Palestinians.”