The repatriated Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria are "here to stay" said Samaria Regional Council leader Gershon Mesika. "The data published repeatedly shows that that the communities in Judea and Samaria has passed the point of no return," he stated. Statistics were published on Tuesday indicating the growth rate is significantly higher in the regions then in the rest of the country.
Judaea and Samaria had Jewish communities before the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Those communities were removed when the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan gained control of the land in the 1948-1949 War of Independence. The areas were restored to Israeli sovereignty in the Six Day War of 1967, but never officially annexed as part of Israel. Since then, the steady establishment of new communities and re-establishment of former communities has been met with opposition. Originally Jordan wanted the areas returned to their jurisdiction. Later by the mid -1970s, the PLO, and in the 1990s, the Palestinian Authority demand the regions to be turned over for a separate Palestinian State. However Tuesday's statistics, according to Mesika, could indicate the process of removing huge population centers beyond the scope of anyone's ability at this point.