Netanyahu and Gantz could complete in 2020 what began in 1920

It would be a national disgrace and betrayal of Jews worldwide if Israel’s political parties allowed their differences and personal rivalries to stymie the opportunity to finalize the area of the Jewish National Home with Trump in office.

David Singer

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Designating the territory for reconstitution of the Jewish National Home in Palestine – begun with the San Remo Convention and Treaty of Sevres in April and August 1920 respectively – could finally be completed 100 years later in 2020.

Realising this possibility will require Israel to form a Government of National Unity by 11 December 2019 - headed initially by Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister for a minimum term of six months and not exceeding twelve months - to enable the new Parliament to ratify those areas of Judea and Samaria to which Israeli sovereignty will be extended.

This Unity Government should ideally hold at least 80 of the 120 seats in the Knesset so that there is an overwhelming majority of Israel’s elected politicians supporting any determinative decisions made by the Knesset in relation to Judea and Samaria.

Israel has been presented with this amazing opportunity following President Trump’s Secretary for State - Mike Pompeo - issuing this declaration on 19 November 2019:

“After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate, this administration agrees with President Reagan. The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law.”

Pompeo’s statement followed US Ambassador to Israel – David Friedman – stating on 8 June 2019:

“Under certain circumstances I think Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank.”

Friedman had then cautioned:

“We really don’t have a view until we understand how much, on what terms, why does it make sense, why is it good for Israel, why is it good for the region, why does it not create more problems than it solves.  These are all things that we’d want to understand, and I don’t want to prejudge.”

Friedman will get the answers with the formation of Israel’s Government of National Unity – which hangs delicately by a thread and can vanish into thin air if it does not gain some oxygen by midnight on 11 December. Fresh elections on 3 March 2020 - for the third time in a year - will then become mandatory and this wonderful opportunity will have flown out the window.

It would be a national disgrace and betrayal of Israelis and Jews worldwide if Israel’s political parties allowed their political differences and personal rivalries to stymie the opportunity to finalise the area within which the reconstitution of the Jewish National Home will be finally mandated after 100 years of many wars and diplomatic battles.

Israel’s extended boundaries would be determined in coordination with President Trump over the next 6 to 12 months.

The fact that no Arab interlocutors would participate in any such decision-making process is a matter of regret. However this has been brought about by the intransigence of the Arabs’ refusal to commit to negotiate with Israel on Trump’s still unreleased deal of the century - despite Trump’s best efforts to involve their participation in such decision-making with Israel.

A Unity Government could be reasonably expected to agree to extend Israel’s sovereignty to at least 75% of Area C – about 45% of Judea and Samaria.

An amazing – almost miraculous - confluence of events has emerged since Israel’s deadlocked September elections - that is crying out for a national consensus and historic response.

Blue and White party chief Benny Gantz reportedly told close associates he is:

 “ready to make tough decisions in the coming days”. 

Hopefully Gantz as Deputy Prime Minister can rise to the occasion and allow Netanyahu – enjoying a unique relationship with Trump - to head a Government of National Unity to grab this once in a hundred years opportunity. 

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Author’s note: The cartoon – commissioned exclusively for this article—is by Yaakov Kirschen aka “Dry Bones”- one of Israel’s foremost political and social commentators –  whose cartoons have graced the columns of Israeli and international media publications for decades. His cartoons can be viewed at Drybonesblog.




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