No two-state solution - Commentary

No two-state solution

Steve Ames | Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 10:00 am

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.

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