This is a response to the opinion piece “Settlements hurt chances for peace” (Jewish News, Nov. 18). I take the exact opposite view, i.e., not only do settlements not hurt the chances for peace, but indeed only Israeli annexation of all Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) guarantees, if not peace, at least Israeli security.
Despite assertions to the contrary, only Israel has a legal right to what was called Palestine. Starting with the Balfour Declaration in 1917, the Versailles Conference in 1919 conferring the Palestine Mandate on Great Britain with the specific goal of creating a home for the Jewish people, and by the San Remo Conference of 1920 reaffirming the goal of a Jewish home in Palestine by the League of Nations. Despite a faithless administration of the mandate by Britain and the U.N., the Jewish Agency agreed to a Jewish state in a ridiculously truncated territory compared to the original mandate. The rest is history as we now know, the Arabs through a series of wars, Intifadas, suicide bombings, airline hijackings and plain random murders of Israelis demonstrated that they are not willing to accept a Jewish state in any part of what was mandatory Palestine. Moreover, Israeli withdrawal from Southern Lebanon, Gaza and the effective granting of Palestinian autonomy in Area A of Judea and Samaria has only engendered attacks on Israeli territory and persons, not peace.
The root of the problem is the theology of Islam itself. All Muslims are not Arabs but anti-Semitism is manifested not only among Arabs but also among Muslims far from Israel and detached from the Arab/Israeli dispute including Iran, Pakistan and Indonesia.
Islam is far from being a “religion of peace” as some overly optimistic Americans have asserted. In fact, it is only partially a religion but is also a militant political movement. The seeds of its virulent anti-Semitism are embedded in Islam’s foundational book, the Quran. Numerous surahs (chapters) in the Quran prescribe harsh and oppressive treatment of Jews, Christians and other nonbelievers (dhimmis) but particularly Jews living among Muslims.
Jews living in majority Muslim areas suffered oppression and pogroms at the hands of Muslims for over a thousand years, although the more primitive press communications in Muslim lands made such outrages less widely known compared to similar events in Europe. Today, most Muslims look on the existence of Israel as an extreme affront to the low status of the Jews as prescribed in the Quran.
If and until a major reformation occurs in Islam, Israel cannot trust that Muslims will make an honest and enduring peace. Not honest agreements, because the Quran stipulates that Muslims can make tactical or temporary peace treaties with their enemies even though they intend to abrogate them at future convenience after they gather enough strength to defeat them. Not stable agreements, because Arab governments being anti-democratic, corrupt and oppressive are very frequently overturned by revolutions as witnessed by the continuing “Arab Spring” since 2011.
Defensible borders for Israel against the Muslim hatred and the political instability of Muslim regimes means annexing all of Judea and Samaria and having the IDF on the Jordan River. Yes, there are 2.5 million Arabs living in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem and bringing them within the territorial limits of Israel does cause a dilemma for keeping Israel both Jewish and democratic. The solution is for Israel to become more Jewish and less democratic! First, Israel needs to eliminate anti-Zionist political activity by law.
Purging this “fifth column” must be done by arrest and deportation of anti-Zionist political activists, for example, the upper cadre of the PLO and Hamas.
Arabs living in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem will be offered a generous stipend to emigrate from Israel as well as the right to expatriate the proceeds of the sale of their property. Law-abiding, tax-paying Arabs unwilling to emigrate will receive “resident” status allowing them to receive social benefits of the state but not the ballot.
Those Arabs willing to pledge loyalty to the Jewish state of Israel, learn Hebrew and perform national service as do all Jewish Israelis, may be granted full citizenship.
The U.N., E.U. and anti-Israel governments will scream, but Israel will endure and thrive.
Steve Ames is a member of Americans For a Safe Israel.