Ask most of the world’s presumed leaders and especially the United Nations, European Union, Arab League and most disturbingly the Obama Administration whether or not East Jerusalem, Hevron, Bethlehem, Jericho and Shechem (Nablus) are part of Israel and the answer you will get might amaze you if you are familiar with the Bible, by Bible I mean the ‘Old Testament’ or especially Torah. There unified answer of ‘No, that is the part of the lands that is reserved for the two state solution and will most likely be a vital part of the Arab state which the greater world desires in their haste to make Israel as vulnerable as they were before June in 1967 which so enticed Gamal Abdel Nasser to amass the military forces of the United Arab Republic (UAR), the mutated superstate constructed uniting the nations of Syria and Egypt, on both the northern and southern borders declaring their intention to drive the Jews into the Sea and liberate the lands as the Jews existence was blocking the interconnection of Syria and Egypt claiming that Israel was the historic connecting land which had to be liberated to complete the unification of the two ends of the UAR. This threat is what led to the June 1967 Six Day War which resulted in even more lands separating the two ends of the UAR and led to the dissolution of the UAR back to the separate nations of Syria and Egypt. That war also led to the liberation of Judea and Samaria from Jordanian occupation as a result of Jordan entering the hostilities on the second day causing the diverting a brigade of paratroopers who were heading to reinforce troops in the Sinai Peninsula to intercept the Jordanian forces who were driving through West Jerusalem. These were the troops which stopped and prayed after they liberated the Western Wall and Temple Mount and the announcement that all of Jerusalem was liberated sent a shout of joyous celebration and thanks to the Lord for such providence. Eastern Jerusalem was liberated from what the world recognized as illegal Jordanian occupation from 1949 until liberated by its rightful owners, the Israelis during the Six Day War in June of 1967. Judea was liberated from what the world recognized as illegal Jordanian occupation from 1949 until liberated by its rightful owners, the Israelis during the Six Day War in June of 1967. Samaria was liberated from what the world recognized as illegal Jordanian occupation from 1949 until liberated by its rightful owners, the Israelis during the Six Day War in June of 1967. It does not matter that the Jordanians retitled the area as the West Bank any more than if I start calling roses tulips; that area was still Judea and Samaria and was illegally occupied by Jordan. Jordan claimed to have annexed the land and made its Arab population Jordanian citizens after the 1949 Armistice was recognized by the British and Pakistani governments and refused recognition explicitly by the United Nations and numerous other nations including the Arab League. If Jordan was illegally occupying these lands, from whom were they illegally occupying them from? The answer is a very simple one, it was occupied Israeli lands. When Israel took them back from Jordan in the Six Day War, Israel liberated these lands returning them to Israeli possession and this is what the world has been denying out of spite and hatred ever since. This denial was made so as to appease the petrol-forces which demanded that Israel be denied any land gains resulting from the Six Day War. Once Israel conceded any of the lands gained when they made peace with Egypt returning the Sinai Peninsula, the rest of the world took this generous gift and used it to demand that Israel surrender every square millimeter of those gained lands and even invented a new people who did not exist ever in the storied history simply to deny Israel the liberated lands which was set aside for Israel by the San Remo Conference, League of Nations and Article 80 of the United Nations Charter but denied simply out of anti-Semitic attitudes which permeate much of the world’s leadership.
There are a host of fallacies which permeate the arguments and discussions referring to the Arabs in Gaza and residing within Israel in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem. Israel has granted the residents of East Jerusalem citizenship and they will be permitted to vote in the coming March elections along with the rest of Israeli citizens. As for the Arab residents in Judea and Samaria, they mostly live under the autonomous rule of the Palestinian Authority which was to have held elections in 2009 but those elections were placed on hold by Mahmoud Abbas as he feared losing his position of privilege as President of the Authority, Chairman of the Fatah Party, leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization PLO and, since the United Nations gift of recognizing his representative as an observer state representative, he has adopted the title of President of the State of Palestine which he claims the borders of the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea which includes all of Israel which is defined as occupied lands according to Abbas. The reason the Arabs, who claim to be Palestinians, in Judea and Samaria as well as in Gaza have not voted in elections has nothing to do with Israel whatsoever. In Gaza Hamas rules and does not plan on holding elections and in Judea and Samaria Abbas refuses to hold elections. Israel cannot and should not be held to force Hamas or Mahmoud Abbas in all his titles to hold elections. If the world wants the Arabs who have autonomy by all aspects along with the benefit of Israeli Defense Force (IDF) protection should anybody attempt to invade their lands, including from ISIS should they make good on their claims of a desire to replace Mahmoud Abbas and his ineffectual confronting of Israel and replace him with a more active force against Israel under ISIS rule; my bet is that there are many Israelis who would love to have the Arabs in Gaza have the right to vote and decide if they want to continue with Hamas as their leadership or Islamic Jihad or al-Qaeda in Gaza, ISIS in Gaza or any other criminal or terror entities and families or perhaps some Gazans who have nothing to do with terrorism and who just desire to live and let live into the leadership. There are probably Arabs in Gaza who have grown somewhat to some extent dissatisfied with Hamas and Islamic Jihad pressing Israel by raining rockets into their civilian areas every two years forcing a response which destroys much of their neighborhoods directly due to Hamas placing their rocket launchers next to their homes and on the rooftops of their apartment buildings. And it is likely that if elections were held for the Arabs currently being ruled by the Fatah Party of Mahmoud Abbas they would not select the same management going forward and that may even be the driving impetus for Abbas postponing elections for what appears to be the remainder of his life. I believe it could be claimed that Hamas and Abbas between them run a pair of dictatorships where elections are not even fixed, let alone held. And as far as the Arabs living in East Jerusalem, well, they will be voting in the Israeli elections come March 17th this year with the rest of Israel. There is a reason that turnout in East Jerusalem often do not vote is as a result of pressures from Abbas and the groups of Arabs who wish to claim East Jerusalem not be recognized as annexed by Israel and thus cannot abide allowing these Israeli citizens from exercising their legal right to vote in Israeli elections. Despite this, there are a fair number of Arabs who manage to vote despite the threats from other Arabs for them not to exercise their right to vote. In numerous polls which guarded the identity of the participants when sampling East Jerusalem Arabs they by a ratio as high as of three-to-one desire to remain as part of Israel and almost always at least two-to-one wish to remain as part of Israel. These polls show a very different picture than does the protestations and demands made by Abbas and the other Arab authorities claiming to represent the Arabs in East Jerusalem as well as Judea and Samaria, claim to represent the same people they refuse to allow voting to choose potentially new leaders to represent them. One might be obliged to question the validity of these so-called representatives who have not stood for election for over a decade with what appears to be a permanent freeze on election apparently for as far as any can see. The Israelis who desire to retain all of Judea and Samaria also support granting the Arabs living in Area A and most of Area B full autonomy while remaining under Israeli military protection from invasions or other similar threats while they otherwise live under their own elected leadership and granting the Arabs who reside in Area C and any parts of Area B which Israel retains, which is legal under every United Nations decision, would be granted Israeli citizenship or would be allowed to move into areas under autonomous Arab rule with a generous purchase of their properties and an additional stipend to cover the expenses of relocating. These are the realities which are blurred or even discarded and replaced with propaganda serving the forces against Israel. The reality is a far cry from Israel is refusing to permit the Arabs to vote for their own representations when the Israelis have given all the Arab and other populations in East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights full citizenship and voting rights in municipal elections exactly the same as the rest of the citizens of Israel but are not yet authorized to vote in national elections and the Arabs living under Hamas in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority in Area A and much of Area B in Judea and Samaria in complete autonomy and secured and policed by these entities as well are dependent upon Hamas and the Palestinian Authority for holding elections and permitting them democratic elections for their leadership, and since the supposed unification of Gaza placing it also under the autonomous rule of the Palestinian Authority still rely on their Arab leadership to hold elections and there is no control or option that Israel can perform to force elections in these areas. So, next time you hear anybody claiming that the Arabs in the ‘occupied territories’ are not allowed to vote please tell them that it is their own Arab leadership, namely Hamas or Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority which have denied them the right to elect new leadership or validate their current leadership who are denying them elections.
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