Israel has since the 1970s invested vast sums in the indigenous restoration project of Judea and Samaria. This is not as is sometimes claimed motivated by irrational nationalist or religious sentiments but rather by clearheaded long-term strategic thinking. The mountain ridge of Judea and Samaria overlooks central Israel and an overwhelming military assault by enemy forces from the mountain ridge against central Israel (including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv) where most of Israel’s population reside would no doubt strategically defeat and end Israel. Therefore Israel cannot under any circumstances give up strategic control over Judea and Samaria. Furthermore, a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria would inevitably be taken over by Jihadists – just like Gaza and Lebanon – and would become another Iranian rocket base that would continually launch rockets rockets against Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Anyway, the Palestinian Authority is completely unwilling to sign end-of-claims due to its insistence on flooding Israel with millions of Anti-Zionists, something which is wholly incompatible with any two-state solution and hence a Palestinian state will never materialize irrespective of who is in power in Israel.
Israel’s demographic rationale was that the Haredi demographic population explosion and the constantly falling Palestinian fertility rates would ultimately demographically permit Israel to redeem and enfranchise the entire Judea and Samaria and Israel’s strategic planners were right about this already in the 1970s as there is expected to be some 5 million Haredim in Israel in just three decades time. However, with the annexation of 4 million Median Jews in Syria and Lebanon and the immigration of millions of Median Jews from the Middle East and beyond will Israel be able to apply sovereignty in the entire Judea and Samaria far earlier.
It is clear that the indigenous restoration project in Judea and Samaria was not a mistake but strategically sound, even a moral imperative indeed.