Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Wednesday 31 July 2019

David Singer: PLO Suicide Note Leaves Jordan to Decide Fate of West Bank

Here's the latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer.

He writes:

President Trump has been given the clearest notice that his deal of the century will be stillborn if he designates any role for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in its implementation.

In a remarkable outburst that can best be described as his “suicide note”– PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas declared on 25 July:
“I reiterate that we will not surrender, we will not coexist with the occupation and we will not deal with the deal of deal of the century, or the slap of the century or the deal of shame - all names for one title. Palestine and Jerusalem are not for sale and bargain. They are not a real estate deal in a real estate company.”
Yet for the last 25 years the PLO – aided and abetted by Jordan – has refused to yield its claim to sovereignty over every square meter of West Bank real estate – when compromise could possibly have resolved the 100 years-old Arab-Jewish conflict.

Two days prior to Abbas’ suicide note , the US Congress in a rare show of bipartisanship had offered the PLO a lifeline to enable it to negotiate with Israel on Trump’s yet-to-be-released proposals – overwhelmingly passing House Resolution 246 by a vote of 398-17 with 5 voting ‘present’.
Resolution 246:
  • Urged: Israelis and Palestinians to return to direct negotiations as the only way to achieve an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • ...Reaffirmed: its strong support for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resulting in two states – a democratic Jewish State of Israel, and a viable, democratic Palestinian state – living side-by-side in peace, security, and mutual recognition.
48 hours later Abbas’s suicide note had trashed Congress’s Resolution.
So where to from here?

First some indisputable facts:
  • Jews have the legal right to settle in the West Bank under Article 6 of the 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine (Mandate) and article 80 of the United Nations Charter.
  • Jordan and Israel are the two successor States to the Mandate: Jordan being sovereign in 78% of the Mandate territory and Israel sovereign in 17%....
  • 4% of the Mandate’s remaining real estate – Judea and Samaria – was unified with Transjordan between 1950 and 1967 and renamed Jordan – whilst Judea and Samaria were renamed the West Bank….
  • The 1964 PLO Charter made no claim to territorial sovereignty “over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan”...
  • The revised 1968 PLO Charter declared the 1917 Balfour Declaration, the Mandate and everything based on them null and void....
  • West Bank Arabs were Jordanian citizens between 1950 and 1988.
  • Abbas and Arafat have acknowledged Jordanians and Palestinians are one people.
Reunifying parts of the West Bank with Jordan in direct negotiations between Jordan and Israel should now be Trump’s objective, recognising the following resolution passed at the 8th meeting of the Palestinian National Council in February-March 1971:
...“Jordan is linked to Palestine by a national relationship and a national unity forged by history and culture from the earliest times. The creation of one political entity in Transjordan and another in Palestine would have no basis either in legality or as to the elements universally accepted as fundamental to a political entity.... In raising the slogan of the liberation of Palestine and presenting the problem of the Palestine revolution, it was not the intention of the Palestine revolution to separate the east of the River from the West, nor did it believe the struggle of the Palestinian people can be separated from the struggle of the masses in Jordan…”
Abbas has written his suicide note .... Trump shouldn’t demean himself begging Abbas to reconsider.

Author’s note:...The cartoon—commissioned exclusively for this article—is by Yaakov Kirschen aka “Dry Bones”one of Israel’s foremost political and social commentators—whose cartoons have graced the columns of Israeli and international media publications for decades. His cartoons can be viewed at…Drybonesblog


  1. Why the Far-Left hates Israel:

    [1] Mr. Jonathan S. Tobin
    [Editor in Chief of JNS dot org] said:

    “In the progressive [Leftist] milieu,
    the Jewish state is viewed as racist
    by definition, and the belief in
    Intersectional Theory, which falsely
    claims the Palestinian war on Israel’s
    existence to be morally equivalent to
    the struggle for civil rights in
    the United States, is widespread.”

    It’s more than just a parade for Israel
    by Jonathan S. Tobin, 2019 June 3

    [2] from Mosaic Magazine:

    “If the occupation [of the West Bank] ended
    tomorrow, Israel would still have a nationalist
    and religious identity at odds with the Left’s
    broadly post-nationalist and post-religious vision.”

    The American Left’s Abandonment of
    Both Israel and the Jews
    2019 March 12

    [3] Eric Rozenman said:

    “The Bolsheviks and their heirs
    [the Far Left] despised small European
    nationalities, as well as religion.

    So Jews as a people are a double target.

    SOURCE: Fair Criticism of Israel?
    What About the Palestinians?
    by Eric Rozenman

    [4] Mr. Charlie Kirk
    (a Conservative activist) said:

    “They [the political Leftists] hate
    the idea that certain countries can be
    better than others, and Israel is
    one of the greatest success stories
    in history of the world.

    The [political] Left does not want
    those success stories to exist.”

    Conservative activist Charlie Kirk
    speaks of ‘eye-opening’ stint in Israel:

    by Josh Hasten, 2019 March 20

    [5] Zach Goldberg said:

    “As Jews have become [symbols] of
    Whiteness in the Liberal political
    imagination — to the point that Israel
    is considered a White state, despite
    having a slight nonwhite majority —
    they have come to be associated
    with an oppressor class.”

    White Liberals Are Turning against
    the Jews and Israel
    , 2019 June 11

    [6] Rafaella Gunz said:

    “The thing is, too many [non-Jewish]
    Western Leftists want to see everything as
    black and White, oppressed vs. oppressor.

    Many do not understand the nuance of
    the Israel/Palestine conflict.

    And what’s worse, many don’t care
    to understand the full story

    I was actually blocked by a feminist page
    for trying to explain why comparing
    Israel’s military tactics to full-on
    genocide is a slippery slope.

    Despite saying numerous times that
    I’m critical of the Israeli government’s
    policies, I was banned and had all
    my comments deleted.

    When other Jews on the thread asked
    why I was banned, the admin entirely
    misconstrued everything I said.”

    How I Dealt with Anti-Semites after the Embassy
    Opening in Jerusalem
    by Rafaella Gunz, 2018 May 30

    [7] Jonathan S. Tobin [Editor in Chief of
    JNS dot org, Jewish News Syndicate] said:

    “Much of that animus stems from the fact
    that many Liberals have never forgiven
    the Israeli people for embracing the
    Israeli Right-wing coalition that
    [Prime Minister] Netanyahu now heads,
    while the Labor Zionist movement that
    Ben-Gurion once led became marginalized.”

    What Will History Say About Netanyahu?
    by Jonathan S. Tobin, Editor of JNS dot org, 2019/7/21

  2. Saudi journalist Fahad al-Shammari
    declared [in a television interview] that:

    “the Palestinians are beggars,” and “have no honor”.

    PA and Jordanian incitement against Saudi Arabia
    by Yoni Ben Menachem of JCPA, 2019/7/28


    from the Jewish Virtual Library:

    “Leading up to Israel's independence in [year] 1948,
    it was common for the international press to label Jews,
    not Arabs, living in the [British] mandate as Palestinians.

    It was not until years after Israeli independence
    that the Arabs living in the West Bank and
    Gaza Strip were called Palestinians.”

    SOURCE: Origin of "Palestine"


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