Maybe I’ve written this before, but I’ll write it again: for 53 years I’ve been waiting to see when Israel will move in to Judea and Samaria and claim sovereignty over this so-called “West Bank.”
President Trump’s new plan calls for applying Israeli law and administration to 30 per cent of Judea and Samaria. Not all of it; just 30 per cent. But this is big. This 30 per cent includes all the Jewish “settlements” and the Jordan valley.
What would this mean for that 30 per cent? Will the Palestinians living in this 30 per cent area have to move? No indeed. They will stay put in their present residence. And….it will make their lives easier and better right where they now reside.
QUESTION: What will change then?
ANSWER: The 30 per cent area will no longer be under the military administration of the Israeli Defense Force. That 30 per cent will be administered under this plan by civilian authority, just like the rest of Israel. It is important to note that the civilian legal code is much better to live under than the military. There will be police, not soldiers. There will be more rights, because Israel’s civilian code is liberal (not tight). The civil rights of the Palestinians living there will be expanded.
The Palestinians should like it.
QUESTION: What good is it for Israel? ANSWER: The area will no longer be part of the “disputed territory” as the press and others call the West Bank—Judea and Samaria. It will officially be Israel’s. It will improve Israel’s security, and for those who look ahead further, it could and should be one step towards the whole of Judea and Samaria being Israel’s.
THE TIMING FOR THIS CHANGE
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looked at it and declared to his Likud Party on May 25: “We have an opportunity that hasn’t existed since 1948 to apply sovereignty in a wise way and as a diplomatic step in Judea and Samaria, and we will not let this opportunity pass…We have a target date in July to apply sovereignty and we will not change it.”
And at the January unveiling of this plan, President Trump said this: We will form a joint committee with Israel to convert the conceptual map into a more detailed and calibrating rendering, so that recognition can be immediately achieved.”
That sounds like quick and decisive action.
But wait. The Trump Plan does not specify quick and unilateral action
And now, Prime Minister Netanyahu says that he is committed to negotiating with the Palestinians on this U. S. proposal.
Really? Do the Israelis really have to enter into talks again with the recalcitrant Palestinians? Oh, mercy! How can you promise to apply sovereignty to parts of the West Bank in July or anytime soon if you have to negotiate with the Palestinians?
The plan itself says that it was designed specifically “for the benefit of Palestinians, Israelis and the region as a whole” as a basis for direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiation on a “realistic two-state solution.” Yes, from what I have read, this carefully compiled Trump plan says nothing about immediate and unilateral Israeli action. Its wording is this: it is explicitly designed “for the benefit of Palestinians, Israelis and the region as a whole” as a recommended basis for direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiation on a “realistic two-state solution.”
Oh, no! We are going from the quick and simple to the snail’s pace of complicated diplomacy.
It is obvious that some people in the Trump Administration would like this plan to be the starting point in another “Peace Process” of which we have had plenty already. They’re excited about the possibility of being part of the biggest breakthrough in international relations in recent history. This will mean cowtowing to the Palestinian Liberation Organization to make a European-pleasing, liberal-pleasing, American Jew-pleasing effort.
The endings of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks has always been disillusionment.
Here are some of the ways the peace efforts have been frustrated from 1936 until the present:
1. They have never brought any plans to the table but have always reacted to plans brought by the U. S. or the Israelis. This shows their lack of seriousness.
2. Every plan that has been brought to them they have rejected. Those individual parts of the Oslo Accords which they did accept were nullified by their own failure to adhere to its specifications.
3. Their rejection of history. The Muslims reject biblical history. For instance, of Abraham’s sons, they insist that Ishmael was the son of promise, not Isaac. Another example: the Temple of Solomon never existed, a contention Arafat used in the Oslo talks, infuriating President Bill Clinton. With such a closed, Islamic view of history they discredit Israel’s history and make unfounded and idiotic assertions.
4. Their unending antagonism. Example: They fail to clean up their educational curricula in which Palestinians children are taught that Jews are descendants of apes and pigs; and they continually glorify their suicide-bombers by, for example, naming streets after them.
So, yes, I say it is futile to entertain hopes on the basis of discussions with the Palestinians. In fact, they have already refused to participate in these anticipated negotiations.
So….what sense does it make to bow to the enemy, seeking their approval, when their disapproval is almost guaranteed?
Who is in charge here, and who is saying that the Palestinian position is of importance at all?
Whose voice is the most important?
May President Trump, his advisors and those who pray with him be sensitive to the promptings of the Spirit of God as these issues are considered.
Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in him.
Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
And his righteousness endures forever.
He has shown his people the power of his works,
in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
-- Psalms 111:2-3, 6 (ESV)
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