It was recently announced that Israel has approved the building of 1,100 new apartment units in Jerusalem’s Gilo neighborhood. The complaint is that building homes for Jews in an area that is considered to be part of those claimed by the Palestinian Authority for their state must not be allowed to proceed as it is inimical to reaching a peace agreement. This ignores more than just the history that Israel has destroyed numerous Jewish neighborhoods in the name of the pursuit of peace or as a result of a peace agreement. When Israel and Egypt reached an agreement that resulted in the return of all of the Sinai Peninsula, this was enabled by the removal of about 7,000 Israeli settlers and numerous IDF bases and the Alma oil field, which Israel discovered and developed, valued over $100 billion. When taking the unilateral move to remove all Israeli presence in Gaza as a test of what a future peace with the Palestinian State would produce, Israel removed over 8,000 Israelis of which some are currently still being resettled into permanent homes. So, that is the precedent that should the removal of Israelis become necessary that Israel is not only capable, but proven to take even such a distasteful step even should it be against the will of those settlers in order to honor a peace agreement.
But, there is another side to these complaints, and it is a very ugly side when one looks at it without predetermined concepts and simply with honest inquiry. Why is it necessary that Israel not permit any Jews to settle in areas which might be part of a future Palestinian state? The reason is simple and ugly. The reason is the entire world has concurred that a free and independent Palestinian State must be completely free of even one single Jew residing within its borders. The fact that the Palestinian Authority has threatened to murder any Jews who remains within their borders is absolutely monstrous, yet the entire world finds such a concept to be completely logical and acceptable, even understandable. Why is the free world supporting such an obviously racist, anti-Semitic, hateful, distasteful and supposedly universally illegal and reviled actions by Western societies, allowing actionable hatred to fester, survive, and even thrive in a state they are being requested to support? Were Israel to announce the intent to force all the Palestinian Arabs still residing within Israel, despite their having full citizenship, to relocate into the Palestinian state once it is formed because they detract from the Jewish character of the State of Israel, the world of nations would come unglued and the declarations of disapproval and disgust at such a plan would be voluminous beyond measure. Why then are the Palestinian leaders allowed what is basically an identical policy given the respect of acceptance their demand for a state devoid of Jews and requiring any Jews living within, even those who had returned to lands they had owned before Jordan forcibly removed them in 1948, to be forcibly removed. Such unequal treatment and disparate expectations simply is beyond logical or rational thought and completely inconsistent.
Despite even this, it does appear that Israeli leadership would be willing to meet even such demeaning treatment and would relocate those Jews necessitated by a peace agreement. There is one principle that Prime Minister Netanyahu will insist is met by any peace agreement, and that is the publically proclaimed and universal recognition of any peace agreement of Israel as the Jewish State and that the agreement signifies the end of all claims and is a final status agreement. Thus far, the Palestinian Authority appears to be unwilling to meet such a request as they envision the two states for two people agreement as simply the next necessary step towards their final goal of supplanting the Jewish state and the end of Jewish self-rule. The Palestinian Authority has educated their children, purported throughout their media, and proven through their actions and stated intents that they will not end their aggressive attitude and terror activities and other forms of resistance until they have supplanted Israel and suppressed the rights of the Jews into a permanent state of Dhimmitude. This is why they have refused to agree to even the most generous of offered agreements and exactly why they are presently attempting to circumvent negotiations with Israel and petitioning the United Nations to grant them their state unilaterally allowing them to continue their aggressions against the Jews seeking the resultant destruction of Israel and the Jewish presence. The actions by the Palestinians in Gaza since Israel removed all Israeli citizen, IDF troops, police, security forces, and any other Jewish influence simply to suffer virtually continuous bombardment from Gaza supposedly demanding they end their occupation of Gaza. Apparently, removing any Jewish presence in its entirety is not sufficient to end the occupation. Initially, Israel did not place an embargo on the Gaza Strip. The blockade was instituted as a response to the rocket and mortar fire onto Israeli civilians in towns and kibbutzim bordering Gaza. It has become impossible to deny that the Palestinians define Israeli occupation as the mere existence of Jewish self-rule anywhere within what is considered rightly Muslim lands. Thus, the only solution to Israeli occupation is the end of the Jewish State and replacing it with a state where the Jews are not allowed self-rule and are under the rule of Muslims, in this case, Palestinians. Yet, the world demands peace negotiations despite their knowing that the only acceptable peace would be no Israel, much of the world is willing to agree to that requirement for a permanent peace.
Fortunately, there are those who are willing to stand with Israel. To those friends of Israel, I would like to add a small amount of joy with which to end this article. May I take this moment to wish you all Shana Tova, may you have a good and sweet new year.
Beyond the Cusp