Hey, EU, Lease This - #*&%@!!!
If Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert consults the international community before implementing his "convergence" plan, one suggestion he is likely to hear is that Israel should lease the settlement blocs from the Palestinian Authority rather than annex them outright, a senior European diplomat said Monday...
This concept, the diplomat said, was relatively simple and could be applied to an area like Ma'aleh Adumim. Israel would recognize the area as PA territory and lease the land from the PA, he said. "Israel would admit the land is the Palestinians, and the Palestinians would admit the homes there are Israel's," he said.
* What exactly makes the land that Ma'aleh Adumim sits upon "Palestinian"?
* Was Ma'aleh Adumim or any other place in Israel ever part of an Arab country named Palestine?
* From 1948 - 1967, while Judea, Samaria & eastern Jerusalem were illegally occupied by Jordan, was a "Palestinian State" established?
The answer to all of these questions, of course, is a resounding no.
* According to international law, all land West of the Jordan River can legally be considered as part of the Jewish State of Israel, and should in no way be considered "occupied territory". (For further background: 1, 2, 3 & 4).
It would be unfair, however, to lay all of the blame for this "leasing" proposal at the feet of the EU. In a sense, the leaders of the Jewish State are even more to blame.
Why, you ask?
Even though both historical truth, along with international law, prove beyond a doubt the rights of the Jewish people to a Jewish State throughout the Land of Israel (particularly west of the Jordan River), our leaders remain silent and allow the "occupied territory" canard to grow louder and stronger with every passing day. After all, the nations of the world say, "if the land (Judea & Samaria) really belonged to the Jewish People and State, they would have annexed it following their victory in the Six-Day War".
Instead, our leaders play word games, insisting that areas such as Hebron, Beit El, and Shiloh - of which there can be no questioning the absolute right of the Jewish People to - are neither "occupied" nor "liberated", but "disputed" territory. It is this hesitation to assert our rightful claim to what is historically and legally (and divinely, of course) ours that encourages such insulting proposals from the EU; deadly "peace plans", such as the Oslo Accords; and lastly, emboldens our enemies in their belief that it is only a matter of time before we totally succumb under their relentless attacks.
Moshe Ya'alon, Israel's former Chief of Staff, expressed the consequences of this tragedy best in a recent article by Caroline Glick:
Ya’alon explained what he considers to be the key to Israel’s security.
Israel, he said, has the military capability to defeat its enemies. But for Israel to be able to take the steps it needs to take to win the war being waged for our destruction, Ya’alon explained, first we need to accept the fact that we have an intrinsic, unconditional right to our land and our sovereignty.
Once we understand that our rights are unconditional, we will understand that we have an obligation to wage war against those who work for our destruction. That is, Ya’alon explained, that for Israel to survive, we need to return to our unconditional Zionism.
We are tired of fighting, we are tired of being courageous, we are tired of winning, we are tired of defeating our enemies, we want that we will be able to live in an entirely different environment of relations with our enemies. We want them to be our friends, our partners, our good neighbors, and I believe that this is not impossible.