Jordan must not socially distance from Judea and Samaria’s Arabs 
Jordan must not socially distance from Judea and Samaria’s Arabs

Formation of a National Unity Government in Israel has focused attention on the future of Judea and Samaria – 4% of the territory of the Mandate for Palestine – in which sovereignty still remains unallocated between Jews and Arabs.

President Trump’s Peace Plan published on 28 January 2020 has been endorsed by Israel. 

Trump’s Plan proposes that Israeli sovereignty be extended into parts of Judea and Samaria – with the balance reserved to create a second Arab state in former Palestine – in addition to Jordan – for the first time in recorded history.

The PLO, Arab League and the international community have rejected Trump’s proposals.

However US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has given the greenlight to Israel proceeding with extending Israeli sovereignty in about 30% of Judea and Samaria once the new Israeli Government of National Unity is finalised.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz has agreed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can seek Parliament’s approval for Israeli sovereignty to be extended into about 30% of Judea and Samaria after 1 July in accordance with the decisions of a joint US-Israel mapping committee.

Israel’s entitlement to do so is grounded in the legal rights vested by the international community in the Jewish People pursuant to:

The San Remo Resolution dated 25 April 1920

  • Article 95 Treaty of Sevres dated 10 August 1920, 
  • Article 6 Mandate for Palestine dated 24 July 1922, 
  • Article 16 Treaty of Lausanne dated 24 July 1923
  • Article 80 United Nations Charter 1945

These commitments have been previously breached by: 

  • The Council of the League of Nations approving article 25 being inserted in the Mandate for Palestine - allowing Britain to postpone or withhold the Jewish National Home being reconstituted in Transjordan - 77% of the territory of the Mandate for Palestine 
  • Britain unilaterally granting independence to Transjordan on 25 May 1946 contrary to article 5 of the Mandate for Palestine
  • Britain handing back its Mandate to the United Nations - uncompleted - on 15th May 1948 – leaving the Jews to defend themselves against six invading Arab armies from neighbouring States.

The European Union has now hypocritically chosen to strongly oppose Israel extending sovereignty into Judea and Samaria after 1 July.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell released the following statement

…the EU’s position on the status of the territories occupied by Israel in 1967 remains unchanged. The EU does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied West Bank. The EU reiterates that any annexation would constitute a serious violation of international law.” 

Borrell is way off the mark:

  • Not ‘’sovereignty over the occupied West Bank” – but  “sovereignty over 30% of Judea and Samaria – land designated for reconstitution of the Jewish National Home under internationally-negotiated agreements”
  • Not “annexation” - but “ the restoration of sovereignty lost 3000 years ago by the Jewish people in its biblical heartland”
  • Not “a serious violation of international law”: Israeli sovereignty is being applied in accordance with international agreements that the international community is obligated to uphold.

Trump should focus on Jordan - having occupied and ruled Judea and Samaria between 1948 and 1967 – to replace the PLO in negotiations with Israel on Trump’s additional Arab State proposal.

The PLO – only founded in 1964 - expressly stipulated under article 24 of its Charter that it did:

 “not exercise any territorial sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,”

The PLO reversed its position in 1968 after Israel gained control in the 1967 Six Day War.

Judea and Samaria’s Arab residents were Jordanian citizens between 1950 and 1988. Socially distancing from them now is the last thing Jordan should be doing.

Dry Bones: Jordans Social Distancing
Dry Bones: Jordans Social DistancingINN:HK

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