Sovereignty not annexation
The world is in a tizzy over Israel’s intent to declare sovereignty over its “settlements.” People fear it will end any chance for peace, but they are wrong. It’s the same logic that delayed moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. When that occurred, the world didn’t end.
These “settlements” are modern cities. They are in three blocs, which lie close to the 1948 Armistice Line. Furthermore, they are in Area C, which the Oslo Accords gave Israel complete control over. In every discussion of peace these communities were intended by both sides to be part of Israel.
Laws and agreements from Balfour, to the League of Nations, the U.N., Article 51 of the Geneva Convention, and back to the U.N.’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) all give Israel the rights to Judea and Samaria. Israel can’t annex what it already has good title to.
The peace process has been flawed since the Camp David Accords. Land for peace has led from one unsuccessful attempt to the next. The Arabs agree to a plan and walk away from it until a new deal is given them. The Palestinian Authority has not complied with provisions it had agreed to under Oslo, it continues to incite hatred, encourages terror, murder and suicide bombing.
Three years in the making, President Donald Trump announced his “deal of the century.” It sounds like a game show, but it exposed the harsh realities in dealing with the PA. The deal was to be created with input from the PA and Israel, however the PA refused to cooperate. No surprise, but the deal was to give $50 billion for the PA and Palestinians in surrounding countries. The PA wouldn’t even discuss it.
Trump’s deal is different from other plans because one side wouldn’t be able to stop it. It lays out steps for both sides to follow. If one side stops, the other side would continue its steps of the plan.
But the deal exposes another element. It’s not about negotiated issues. It’s about the hatred of the Palestinians for the Jewish people and their desire remove the Jews from all of what they consider to be “their land.”
Stuart Pavilack, executive director, Zionist Organization of America: Pittsburgh
Wheeling, West Virginia