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, 4 September 2019

David Singer: Trump Writes off West Bank and Gaza as Separate Country

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

He writes:

The US State Department web site has removed the West Bank and Gaza (“disputed territories”) from its list of “Countries and Areas” – signalling that it no longer regards these disputed territories as potentially comprising a separate country – in addition to Israel, Jordan and Egypt.

This is the clearest indication yet that President Trump’s soon to be released deal of the century will abandon the “two-state solution” – the creation of another Arab State in the disputed territories for the first time ever in recorded history – propagated by President Obama and his former Secretary of State John Kerry.

The US State Department web site under Kerry had included the “Palestinian Territories” in the “List of Countries and Other Areas” between 2009 and 2017.

Kerry had declared as he prepared to vacate the State Department on 28 December 2016: 
“Throughout his Administration, President Obama has been deeply committed to Israel and its security, and that commitment has guided his pursuit of peace in the Middle East. This is an issue which, all of you know, I have worked on intensively during my time as Secretary of State for one simple reason: because the two-state solution is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. It is the only way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state, living in peace and security with its neighbors. It is the only way to ensure a future of freedom and dignity for the Palestinian people. And it is an important way of advancing United States interests in the region.”
Kerry frankly admitted that America’s decision to abstain on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 on 23 December 2016: 
“was about preserving the two-state solution. That’s what we were standing up for: Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state, living side by side in peace and security with its neighbors. That’s what we are trying to preserve for our sake and for theirs.”
Kerry was consumed by his own ignorance and arrogance when proclaiming: 
“Today, there are a number – there are a similar number of Jews and Palestinians living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. They have a choice. They can choose to live together in one state, or they can separate into two states. But here is a fundamental reality: if the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic – it cannot be both – and it won’t ever really be at peace. Moreover, the Palestinians will never fully realize their vast potential in a homeland of their own with a one-state solution.”
It obviously did not dawn on Kerry that there was another alternative to his “one state or two states” mantra: the division of the West Bank and Gaza between Israel, Jordan and Egypt in direct face to face negotiations to complete the allocation of sovereignty in former Palestine between Arabs and Jews first contemplated by the 1917 Balfour Declaration, the San Remo Conference and the Treaty of Sevres in 1920, and the 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine.

Obama and Kerry’s treacherous act of abstaining on Resolution 2334 was swiftly repudiated by the House passing H -Res 11 by 342 votes to 80 on 5 January 2017.

The PLO has committed political hara-kiri since – refusing to negotiate with Israel on Trump’s yet-to-be-released peace plan – vacating the field to other Arab states including Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to fill the negotiating void.

The State Department’s recently re-designed website sends a clear message to Arab states wanting to end the Jewish-Arab conflict to come to the negotiating table.

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. Egypt walked away from Gaza after the 6 Day War. They didn't want it, never argued for it. In fact Gaza was part of Egypt's program to deport political underclass people mostly 'palestinians'. Since 1947 Egypt internally displaced these so called 'palestinians' to Gaza. When the 6 Day War concluded it was the perfect storm to get rid of them forever. Likewise, the last thing Jordan wants is more 'palestinians'. No one wants them. Except the UN and the EU THEY want them. My plan would be to make Gaza and all of Areas A and B in Judea-Samaria EU/UN full protectorates the same way the EU appointed a viceroy over Kosovo. The EU/UN could full embrace 100% of the infrastructure, economy, government, everything, having to do with those places. And like Kosovo with a population of about 1.9 million subject to the absolute unilateral rule by a viceroy those 'palestinians' could be corralled and run similarly. Moreover it could be a jobs program for the EU AND the 'palestinians' both. Every Arab resident of those places could be given EU passports and freedom to travel anywhere in the EU subject to the Schengen Area Agreement and the EU could establish a kind of paid 'peace corps' for the people at home. Each could do a 1 year tour doing the work of 'palestinians' in the administrative areas. That way the 'palestinians' can simply be paid to stay home while European White Guilt swoops in to run the post office, pave the streets, pick up the garbage, keep the lights on, etc. The EU/UN could run it however they wish imposing whatever rules they like, or not. But Israel treats it as a foreign country, seals the border to throws the whole problem over the fence at the people who say they WANT to be in charge. Over the long run more and more young people would move to Europe so the costs of running such a program would decrease. And with a status of a protectorate the 'palestinians' would no longer have a claim on 'refugee' status.

    1. The EU/UN totally hate Jews and passionately love Arabs.

      So why give them control of lands that are so very close to Israel?

      Can't you see that Israel's only hope is eliminating Arabs, Muslims, and the EU/UN from the Holy Land?

      Can't you see that the presence of Arabs and Muslims and their EU/UN allies in the Holy Land can only cause problems for Jews?

    2. Point taken but I don't see the EU taking another bite of the holocaust apple. They've been outsourcing that out since 1945 and there's little reason to change now. If Gaza etc become protectorates then they become Brussel's problem, Strabourg's playpen. We could eliminate 100% of all funding to every UN organ dedicated to maintaining the 'palestinians' and force that burden on to the people who want to take it on. I would go so far as to encourage all the Gazans to flee to the Royal Naval base on Cyprus where the Royal Navy can scoop them up to take them to their new home in the UK. Because don't forget that the foundational argument of all left wing thought is that anyone who has one iota more of something than what someone else wants must be stripped of it so it can be given to those less fortunate.

  2. Since a large part of "Palestinians" Arabs are from Syria. So why not ship them back to Syria?

  3. Mr. Ali Adi [an Arab who lives in Israel] said:

    “The truth, which the entire Arab world already acknowledges, that the Israeli army is the more humane and considerate than the Arab armies, fills me with pride.”

    I Embrace My Israeli Arab Identity by Ali Adi 2019 September 1

  4. Former Miss Iraq Sarah Idan said:

    “The issue between Arabs and Israelis goes
    beyond policy disagreements. It’s deeply
    rooted in the belief systems taught in
    Muslim countries, which are anti-Semitic.”

    SOURCE: In UNHRC Speech
    Ex-Miss Iraq Sarah Idan Blasts Anti-Semitism
    Biased Media Coverage Against Israel

    by Shiryn Ghermezian 2019 July 3

    Former Miss Iraq Sarah Idan said:

    “When I watched the news last month, why did they never report that the Hamas terrorist organization fired nearly 700 rockets at Israeli civilians in one weekend or that Hamas used Palestinians in Gaza as human shields?

    Why do they never condemn Hamas for initiating the attacks?

    Instead, they only show those killed by the response, in self-defense, and blame Israel.”

    SOURCE: In UNHRC Speech Ex-Miss Iraq Sarah Idan Blasts Anti-Semitism Biased Media Coverage Against Israel by Shiryn Ghermezian 2019 July 3


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