Affirming the Jewish State’s Territorial Rights

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Indeed, the State Department lost no time reacting to the Levy Committee’s conclusions, with spokesman Patrick Ventrell saying:

“we’ve seen the reports that an Israeli government appointed panel has recommended legalizing dozens of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, but we do not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity and we oppose any effort to legalize settlement outposts.”

With Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the way to Israel next week, many expect further unpleasantness. And the New York Times, for its part, went so far as to call the committee’s report a “potentially disastrous blow” that, among other things, could help Iran progress with its nuclear program by diverting attention to something—Israeli settlements—that the Times views as a comparable if not worse menace.

The Levy Committee’s conclusions are not binding, and Netanyahu is now “studying” them without having endorsed them. Still, this is a good occasion for all who consider themselves friends of Israel, with its best interests in mind—including those inclined to object harshly to the report’s conclusions—to take heed of a few points:

1. Some 342,000 Israeli Jews now live in the West Bank along with about 250,000 in eastern Jerusalem—also reconquered in 1967 and considered “occupied.” Those 600,000 or so people constitute about 10 percent of Israel’s Jewish population. Moreover, some of this community is under violent attack, from stones and Molotov cocktails to, in some cases, outright slaughter or attempted slaughter. Under such circumstances, publicly branding this community as “illegitimate”—as the Obama administration repeatedly does—appears irresponsible, unreasonable, and as possibly fanning the flames of aggression. It also projects the image of Israel as a rogue state and appears to confirm, and encourage, those whose enmity to the Jewish state is deep-seated and radical.

2. The Palestine Mandate’s recognition of Jewish rights to the land west of the Jordan River was not arbitrary, but based on a unique historical connection going back thousands of years. Indeed, the only time for thousands of years when Jews did not live in Judea and Samaria—the heartland of Israel—was during the nineteen-year Jordanian occupation when they were barred from doing so. To sacralize—in effect—that brief span of Jordanian rule by delegitimizing all subsequent Jewish life in Judea and Samaria is an extreme position unwarranted by logic, history, or morality.

3. There are times when a paradigm needs to be shifted. The paradigm of Israeli land concessions as the key to peace has not only been regnant for decades—but, by now, put to the test several times whether in unilateral form or under the terms of peace agreements. Results: the Israeli withdrawals from southern Lebanon, Gaza, and Sinai have created vacuums that were sooner or later filled by radical Islamist forces—not only harming and threatening Israel but damaging and imperiling Lebanon and Egypt as well and creating anti-Western hothouses. As for the partial Israeli troop withdrawal from the West Bank in the 1990s, it unleashed a savage terror war that took Israel from 2002 to 2005 to quell. Today, the Arabs of Judea and Samaria enjoy a high level of autonomy with Israel maintaining ultimate security control. It would be a reasonable paradigm shift to start regarding this situation as relatively stable and optimal—yes, even with Jews living in the territory as well.

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  • RonaldCarnine

    Of course this report will be rejected. It does go a long way to establishing Israel's rights and the aggression of the Arab nations. Israel was a sovereign nation in 1948 and the Mufti of Jerusalem was a Nazi. In other words, the Arabs backed the losing side in WWII and the Mufti was never prosecuted, but he should have been. The left will immediately attack the report and the people responsible for writing it, but historical truth is historical truth. Now we will see is the Obama administration will back it.

  • IranAware

    Take what is yours , screw public opinion

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    It is relatively important what US Presidents have to say about our National rights to the Lands of Israel, but not at all fundamental. Their views are of far less value as our views would be relative to the European Settlers of the US assuming the land of Native Americans and transferring or killing them in the process. Does the US prefer that we all institute a review of the "Indian Reservations", all 480 of them?
    We, the Jewish people in Eretz Israel are re assuming control over land stolen from us by EU invaders and Islamic nomadic "hamulas".
    Others, including in particular the Islamic tribes in Eretz Israel and even in our Temple Mount, have systematically stolen Lands never theirs before.

    • LibertyMan

      Just a point of fact…..

      Actually there was no clear definition of "Indian Land" in North America since most of the indigioinous people in North America were at war with each other for atleast 2000 years before Jamestown. Also on a side note… slavery amoung the "Indian" Population long before the Euro's arrived debunking another myth that slavery was brought here by the Euros.

      And in reference to the comparison of Indian Reservation vs Palestinian Refugee camps… The Indian population can move off the reservation and assimulate. Just the opposite for the "so-called" Palestinian Refugee which are kept together by forse for terrorist breeding camps and political footbals. These people have been purposefully dehumanized by the Islamists who keep them.

  • Ain't No Dhimmi

    If Obama can say that "Muslims have always played an important part in American History."
    ( what he is really saying is that Muslims are" entitled" to take back former land,…. America.")

    Obama lead the "Muslim Day of Prayer" on the mall in Washington, DC.
    50,000 Muslim Men praying for "The Soul of America." September (Virgo) 25, 2009
    This Rite determines "the future destiny" of America and is an act of surrender to Islam.

    If he pushes Israel back to 1967 borders and moves the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,
    he will have effectively "captured" Jerusalem for Islam.
    This has to be accomplished in the time frame of
    2012 to 2016.
    The 4 years that Bill Clinton says "Obama needs to complete his policies."

  • elixelx

    The head of Peace NOW, Israel appeared on the IBA NEWS in English programme:
    Elhanan (IBA); Is this a political document?
    H0PN: Of course it is..
    Elhanan: Is that because it supports the right-wing agenda of Netanyahu?
    HoPN: Of Course
    Elhanan: The predecessor of this study which took the opposite point of view and which was supported and accepted by the Kadima party…was that a political document
    HoPN: Of course not
    Elhanan: Why do you say that?
    HoPN: you are drawing a false equivalence; The last one was written by a woman of outstanding character…
    Elhanan: Youmean the woman who became a high-ranking member of Israel's most left-wing party, Meretz, on the back of her report…
    HoPN: She was of outstanding character
    Elhanan: More outstanding than a retired Supreme Court Justice who sat on the bench for 25 years and has NEVER been involved in politics?
    HoPN; It's a bit stuffy in here; is that red light blinking at me..,oh…there's a cockroach…

  • Marty

    It's important to note that islamic thugs invaded Israel 1350 years from arabia. No one invited or wanted them. The country was almost immediately reduced to an economic backwater where those christians and Jews who were not murdered or coerced into converting to islam succumbed to the misery of dhimmitude. The place remained in wretched condition until Jews reclaimed it beginning a century ago. arabs and muslims have no right, historical or otherwise, to claim any part of Israel. They should go away and retire to the hellholes from which they originated, stay there, and enjoy their pedophilia habits and first cousins.

  • stern

    One other note to add:
    The Mandate for Palestine at exactly the same time and by exactly the same process as mandates for Mesopotamia, Syria and Lebanon. If Israel's "occupation" of Judea and Samaria is illegal, then the Arabs can similarly be said to be illegally occupying Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Lebanon. It really is time we started pointing this out to the world.

    (Jordan, of course, is slightly different: this artificial entity was created arbitrarily by Great Britain, slicing off a huge chunk of the mandate set aside for "close Jewish settlement" in order to compensate its Hashemite friends who lost out in Saudi Arabia).

  • Schlomotion

    These quotations from the 2009 Global Language Dictionary "do not work." Nobody is asking Israel to make "land concessions" in a "land for peace" deal. Alas, you don't just get to reword the lexicon and hope that it changes reality. The doff to Thomas Kuhn notwithstanding, there is nothing scientific or politically scientific about trying to affect a "paradigm shift" by pretending that today is Day One and Palestinians are some Indians on an Israeli reservation making wild and crazy demands for "more land" when they want to stop being annexed.

    Since we are being fruity here, we might as well just discuss that in gematria, the number 89 means "to thrust, push; to overthrow, repulse, drive out, expel" and alternately, "ravenous beast; bird of prey" or "to impose a burden." Since we are just having fun with word and number substitutions, it makes sense to consider Netanyahu's new paper as solely significant by its page number.

    • stern

      "Nobody is asking Israel to make "land concessions" in a "land for peace" deal."


      Once again, the troll proves that it is an idiot and thinks we are too.

    • Ghostwriter

      Yeah,no kidding. If Joseph Goebbels were still around,he might like Schlomotion's anti-semitic ravings. I don't and I believe that most here don't either.

  • Silver Scumbag

    Nobody is asking Israel to make "land concessions" in a "land for peace" deal??? James Baker III ( II were enough ) tried that at least 2x.

    The last time was in the white paper on what to do about a post American presence in Iraq. The wording was in the conditional tense except when it dealt with Israel.

    Should turned to must. " We should try" squealed this RINO on Meet the Press.

    Lipstick on a pig. or James Baker III RINO.

    Invade the Sinai, annex Gaza, West Bank and take out the garbage.

    • Schlomotion

      If a man robs a bank, he is not asked by the police to make "financial concessions" back to the bank. He is arrested and forfeits all of his property to the jailer until release.

  • Tale-of-the-Donkey

    ………. Romney's (possible) appointment for Veep is..

    Bush's State Department, anti-Israel, RINO, Condoleezza Rice who undercut Israel's interests behind the scenes.

    Anti-Israel Ms. Rice…….is Right In Line with Biblical Prophecy.

    Rice ~whose aberrant (anti-Israel "Christian" "Replacement Theology"
    ….prevents her from ever being an Israel advocate in good faith.

    She always worked over time (under the radar) to screw Israel in the Bush administration!

    EXAMPLE: Aug 26, 2008 – Condoleezza Rice urges Israel to split Jerusalem

  • Tale-of-the-Donkey

    God said this to Hagar regarding the descendants of Ishmael. {Islam} ……

    Genesis 16:
    12“He will be a wild donkey of a man,
    His hand will be against everyone,
    And everyone’s hand will be against him;
    And he will live to the east of all his brothers.”

    ~ New American Standard Bible

    Allah is a false god of man’s making.

    Unfortunately for Muslims, and considerably more so for the rest of the world, Islam is extremely strict and uncompromising,

    Over the last 1400 years, 270 million non-believers were murdered by Muslim jihadists.

    Speaking of anti-Israel RINO Condoleezza Rice for VEEP;
    In the last administration Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pressured Israel to drop all of its redline conditions for her BOGUS & contrived "peace summit" between Palestinians and Israelis.

    "Redlines" are the points that cannot be conceded. Ms Rice was always pressuring Israel to make concessions for "peace" that favored Israel's sworn enemy!.

  • Ronald Johnston

    The longer osama obama is able to prolong the inevitable, the harder it is going to be for Israel to do what it has to do!!! Which is to destroy islam!!!! islam is not a religion, it is an evil ideology!!!! We will have to practice genocide to ever rid the world of this evil!!!! That is what they want to do to us!!!!




  • kbs55

    Israel should start demanding a return to the original Balfour Declaration (dated 2 November 1917) borders.

  • Jakareh

    The expulsion of ethnic Germans from the Sudetenland set the precedent. No less than Czechoslovakia did in the 1940s, Israel today has the right to free itself from a population that does not wish to integrated and is perennially disloyal. The Arab minority, moreover, presents a permanent to the existence and well-being of the tiny Jewish State. Their presence is as a pretext for aggression by Israel's much larger Arab Muslim neighbors and constitutes a fifth column once that aggression occurs.

  • pyeatte

    Israel returned the Sinai to Egypt by the 1979 treaty. If Egypt renounces that treaty or attacks Israel, then Israel gets it back, as the rightful owners. I suspect there is a lot of oil and gas under those sands, perhaps in shale, so let the games begin. Israel would also get to share the Suez Canal passage fees – not a bad deal.