Deal of the Century - or not

One does not make deals about one’s homeland.

Victor Sharpe

OpEds Netanyahu with Jordan Valley sovereignty map
Netanyahu with Jordan Valley sovereignty map

There can be NO so-called Palestinian state ripped from even one centimeter of the ancestral and Biblical Jewish heartland, however persuasively it is presented. Judea and Samaria, the very heart of the Land of Israel that Hashem, our One and Only G-d, bequeathed to the Jewish people is an eternal Covenant.

It is long past time for Judea and Samaria to be fully established forever with full sovereign status in the land already promised to Abraham in Genesis 15:18. As I have stated over and over again, Jordan must become the Palestinian state. It is a vast land, dwarfing tiny Israel, consisting of 35,000 square miles and already populated by two thirds Arabs who call themselves Palestinians.

Those who have - or will - place their hands upon the creation of this “Deal of the Century” and who claim to be members of the Jewish faith may well have committed, in my opinion, a spiritual and physical error. According to the highly respected Ted Belman, the map now shown below indicates that, “Israel will cede some 70% of Judea and Samaria and it is almost inconceivable that Trump would have presented this map without Jerusalem’s consent.”

In addition, Israel will have to cede yet more land in the Negev near to the Gaza Strip as is shown. Spiritually, this is bordering on a gratuitous insult to the Covenant with Hashem. In political and strategic terms, it is madness.

the map

the map

If it is true, and only 30% of Judea and Samaria remain within the Jewish state, then it is a betrayal of our Biblical and ancestral heartland. In addition this ‘map’ represents an open invitation for even more nightmarish Palestinian Arab terror to descend upon Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, now formally reduced to vulnerable islands in a Palestinian Arab sea.

As I have written numerous times in my own articles and books, “A people cannot be considered occupiers of their own land.”

Tragically too much time has elapsed since June, 1967 when Israel liberated the very heartland of Judea and Samaria from illegal Jordanian Arab occupation.

Almost 53 wasted years have gone by since facts should have been created throughout the entire heartland of Judea and Samaria. 53 years during which its precious hills and valleys waited in vain to be redeemed and restored to a reconstituted Jewish state stretching from the River to the Sea - and all the while the Arab thieves. who call themselves Palestinians. stole yet more and more precious parts of the Jewish heartland.  

I have been in Area C - territory solely under Israeli control - and have witnessed for myself the illegal encroachment of Arab settlement, often outrageously funded by the hostile EU and UN.  

Remember, too, that the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians are overwhelmingly Muslim and Islam requires from its adherents that wherever the Muslim foot has once trod triumphal, that land must remain Islamic (Dar al- Islam). If is lost to Islamic occupation, then it must be retaken in eternal warfare (Dar al-Harb) and, as we all know, the so-called and fraudulent Palestinians want only one thing, not peace, but the total annihilation of Israel.

Remember too that any promises made by Muslim authorities or individuals cannot be trusted for they act under Koranic injunction to lie to all non-Muslims if it benefits Islam. It is known by its Arabic word, teqiyah and Israel knows from the past. and to its cost. that every promise Palestinian leaders have made, be they Arafat or Abbas, have all been broken. So much then for any true and lasting peace.

I deeply fear that the ‘map’ produced, in part by Jared Kushner, will become a tragic invitation for far more horrific terrorism by the Palestinian butchers against Israeli civilians. Here again we must hearken to the Biblical words of Jeremiah; ‘Peace, Peace, but there is no Peace.”

I say, yes, annex immediately any precious part of Judea and Samaria we can, even as Jared Kushner and David Friedman are now urging delays and first requiring U.S. permission before Israel can create any fact on the ground. Never, ever, allow an Arab state to be created in Judea and Samaria, and never give away one centimeter of existing Israeli territory. I realize that many fellow Jews will sadly disagree with most of my points, but I stand by what I have written.

Let me also express my sincere support for President Trump who has done so much for our beloved Israel, notwithstanding those elements within this peace plan which I cannot accept.

As Nadia and Yehudit of the wonderful Women in Green movement recently wrote, “The Land of Israel is the sole homeland of the Jewish people.”

They then added, “The Zionist vision and the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel are substantial matters of principle that are not currency to be used in any deal.”

Amen to all of that.