Jewish Communities in Judea & Samaria (Settlements): Obstacle to Peace?

Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom #168, September 19, 2004

1. ARE SETTLEMENTS A CAUSE FOR THE ARAB/PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI CONFLICT? Arab/Palestinian wars on the Jewish State erupted irrespective of the presence/absence of Jewish communities in Judea & Samaria (J&S), Gaza or Golan. They were established - on 2% of J&S and Gaza area - FOLLOWING the 1967 War, which erupted FOLLOWING the establishment of the PLO (1964), succeeding the wars of 1956 and 1948/9 and the sustained campaign of Palestinian terror, which was launched with the 1929 massacre of Hebron's Jewish community and the expulsion of Gaza's Jewish community, the 1929, 1936 and 1948 decimation of Gush Etzion's Jewish communities and the 1948 dismantling of Kfar Darom in the Gaza Strip.

“Disengagement” – the Impact on US interests and Middle East Instability

Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom #167, September 09, 2004

1. The Mideast perceives "Disengagement" (from No. Samaria and Gaza) to be a retreat, cut & run, appeasement, rewarding terrorism and uprooting of Jews, rather than a moderating step.  In a region which tolerates only deterrence-driven (rather than concession-driven) peace – as evident in inter Arab relations - "disengagement" would mean a setback to peace and a tailwind to terrorism. US interests and values are best served by conducting a Mideast policy based on realism and facts, rather than on wishful-thinking and myth. 

Land-for-Peace (L-F-P) – a Politically Incorrect Examination

Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom #166, August 22, 2004

1. Israel constitutes 0.2% (11,000 sqm) of the Arab League members (5.56MN sqm), which are 150% and 130% larger than the US and Europe respectively (and that does not include the 643,800 sqm of Iran). The L-F-P formula assumes that Israel should concede its scarcest asset – territory – while the Arabs are expected to accord Israel that which they have not shared with one another since the 7th century – compliance and peaceful co-existence.

Gaza – an Integral Part of the Land of Israel

Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom #165, August 22, 2004 1. The current Jewish community of Kfar Darom was established on the site of the 3rd-4th century AD Talmudic Jewish town of Kfar Darom (The Talmud's Massekhet Sota' referred to the sage Eliezer the son of Yitzhhak of Kfar Darom).  At the end of the 19th century, the land of Kfar Darom (“The Village of the South” in Hebrew) was acquired by Tuvia Miller from Rehovot, who transformed swamps into a blossoming orchard. 

Sharon Erring and Misleading

Ynet Hebrew Edition, August 18, 2004

The proposed Disengagement (from Gaza and N. Samaria) will not be on the agenda of the Democratic or Republican conventions.  It does not gain the attention of the US electorate, US legislators, the US Presidents or the democratic challenger, unless the Israeli prime minister raises the issue. Prime Minister Sharon conceived the idea of disengagement and forced it upon the US during four months of lobbying.

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