Realities on the ground: Israel et al.

June 26, 2006 at 4:06 am (Islamism, Israel, Judaism, Leftist idiocy, Middle East, Palestinian Territories, The Left, The United Nations)

What was formerly the British protectorate of Transjordan and Palestine today exists in three separate entities: the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the State of Israel, and the Palestinian Territories. The first is obvious. The second incorporates Israel proper, the West Bank (also known as Samaria or Shomron) (properly, parts of the West Bank), and part of the Golan Heights. Until last year, it also included enclaves in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Territories – called by a number of names by many people – includes the Gaza Strip and enclaves in the West Bank.

There are no “occupied” territories. There are, however, disputed territories, which now consist of the entire West Bank (disputed between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Territories) and the Golan Heights (disputed between the State of Israel and the Syrian Arab Republic). Another disputed area was the Lebanese buffer zone in the south of Lebanon, which was disputed between the State of Israel and the Republic of Lebanon. (Random fact: The State of Israel withdrew unilaterally from the Lebanese buffer zone.) Of all the disputed areas, none is more contentious than Jerusalem (Yerushalayim in Hebrew, al-Quds in Arabic), which is disputed between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

If one speaks of “Palestine,” according to how I see the realities on the ground, one would be speaking of the Palestinian Territories, governed by the Palestinian National Authority (the official name of the Palestinian government). “Palestine” should not be used to refer to the entire West Bank, or to the areas other than Israel claimed by Palestinians (that is, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip), or to the area west of the Jordan River (which includes the Palestinian Territories and the State of Israel). Correspoindingly, “Israel” should not be used to refer to any area that includes necessarily parts of the Palestinian Territories. To do so would be to misportray the situation as it exists: two de facto states existing side-by-side. However, what terms one uses reflects political and religio-political agendas.

Zionist though I am, I cannot but recognize and accordingly express the realities as they exist.

Furthermore, whereas one may make the case that Zionism demands a state of Israel from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River, practically and essentially Zionism is the belief that Israel – a state for, by, and mostly of Jews – has the right to exist. I would insist that this would include, necessarily, a two-state solution to the Palestinian problem. The Palestinians will never be loyal citizens to Israel. As it is, not all Arab Israelis are particularly fond of Israel.

But Israel would be stupid, frankly, if it thinks it can achieve an equal and workable solution. The Arabs don’t want peace with Israel. They are not all that interested, for that matter, in carving out a viable Palestine. They reject the very existence of Israel and will not stop until it ceases to exist. The only solution with such uncooperative “partners” in the region is to foist a solution on them and force them to abide by it.

Let me repeat that once more: the only solution is a unilateral solution devised by the State of Israel whereby borders between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Territories are determined and unequivocally established, this solution being presented as a fait accompli by the State of Israel to the Palestinians, whether they like it or not. The Israelis must not wait for the Palestinians to cooperate because they will never cooperate. Even when saying they will cooperate, or when it looks like they are cooperating, they are plotting Israel’s demise behind the Israelis’ backs. The Palestinians will not stop until Israel ceases to exist.

It is for this reason that Israel must be assertive and unilateral, regardless what the international community or Arabs or Muslims or leftist Israelis or Jews or whoever may say.



  1. Debbie said,

    Very good analysis as always. It is very frustrating to see the events going on this weekend and today. Can there be a peaceful solution? I’m like you, I don’t think the Palestinians (Hamas, et al) want peace. What would they have to fight about if they made peace with the Israelis?

  2. AbbaGav said,

    Very, very nice writing.

    Sounds pretty realistic to me. Of course how this unilateral stuff actually plays out on the ground is pretty complicated, and still depends a bit on how it is responded to. The worse the Palestinian violence, the less they should like the result. Someday, who knows, maybe there will be a price they no longer wish to pay. And, perhaps surprisingly, on some future day, should they decide they want peace (verifiable peace), it probably won’t be too hard to find Israelis willing to (eventually) give it another go. Perhaps this is recognized by Palestinian leadership and is part of what undercuts the idea that any permanent price will ever be paid for their rejection of Israel’s peaceful offers.

    Aw, now I’m depressing myself. I think it’s time to google for knock knock jokes or something uplifting.

  3. Christopher Taylor said,

    Some people in the palestinian side are mentioning WMDs now and if they use any on Israel that’s all she wrote for the palestinians. Israel has been unbelievably patient for years but that would push them over the edge I think.

  4. Christopher Taylor said,

    Apparently the doo-doo has hit the fan, the Israelis have had enough and want their soldiers back. 2 or more bridges flattened now.

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