Ha'etzni: Act on Sovereignty Before PA Does
In the end, Israel is going to have no choice but to annex Area C of Judea and Samaria, according to attorney and former MK Elyakim Ha'etzni – and Israel would be better off doing it sooner rather than later.
With the Palestinian Authority filing applications to UN committees to accept it as a full member states, it's just a matter of time before the UN recognizes “Palestine” as a state altogether. In response to the PA's move, Israel has made a series of threats, the most serious a cutoff of aid to the PA.
But such a cutoff is not sufficient, said Ha'etzni. “If they are underaking an act that wil make them into a sovereign state we must respond in the same way,” he added.
Last week the Palestinian Authority filed requests for recognition as a full member state. If that is granted, the PA plans to do the same with dozens of other UN agencies, until it has jouned enough to convince the PA to treat it as a member state. When that happens, said Ha'etzni, Israel's options will be much more limited. “Any action by the IDF in 'Palestine' will be seen as violaing the rights of a member state, leading to sanctions and other punishments against Israel, said He'etzni.
If the PA changes the rules of the game Israel must respond accordingly, he added. “If they change the status of Judea and Samaria, we have to do so too,” Haetzni said. “We have to at least impose Iin Israeli sovereignty in these areas as well."
This must be done immediately, he added, before the PA acted unilaterally.
“If we do not act and allow the Palestinians the advantage, we will lose a great deal,” Haetzni added. “The Palestinians will be able to do all sorts of things, like open an airport – and Israel will not be able to stop them."