The Indigenous Restorative Communities of Judea and Samaria were not a Mistake

It is often claimed the strategically located indigenous restorative communities of Judea and Samaria contravene international law, yet Judea and Samaria is terra nullius and even those who recognize the non-existent “Palestinian state” cannot deny that the area was terra nullius at least prior to 1988, the period when most of those communities were established. To assume that terra nullius constitutes “occupied territory” completely contradicts international law since occupation is the military control by a sovereign state over territories of another sovereign state. Imagine that the US were to take military control over Antarctica and establish American communities there, no reasonable person and certainly no scholar of international law would consider that to constitute “occupation” and “transfer”. The same is true for Judea and Samaria. Furthermore, the international right for the indigenous Jews to resettle throughout what was termed “Palestine” has not been abrogated. The claim that the indigenous restorative communities of Judea and Samaria are illegal is sheer nonsense.

It has often been claimed that the restorative indigenous communities of Judea and Samaria constitute a monumental mistake and that those communities will inevitably be evacuated in the future. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jews in Israel and Palestinians in Judea and Samaria have both on average three children per mother and the Palestinian fertility rate has been falling for decades while the Israeli Jewish fertility rate it rising. The rising Israeli Jewish fertility rate is driven by the Haredi population explosion which will grow the Jewish majority in the combined area of Israel and Judea/Samaria. Israeli strategists counted on the Haredi population explosion and the continually falling Palestinian fertility rate to eventually enable Israel to redeem and enfranchise the entire Judea and Samaria. These trends were known to Israeli demographers already when the indigenous restoration project in Judea and Samaria was launched back in the 1970s. The critics had not read the demographic statistics properly and they were all wrong. It may be hard to admit but this is the truth.

Then enters the rediscovery of core Median Jewry as deus ex machina in enabling Israel to apply sovereignty over the entire Judea and Samaria far earlier than previously expected. It is true that liberating and annexing the 4 million Median Jews of Syria and Lebanon requires a major war. It is also true that ensuring the immigration of millions of Median Jews from Middle Eastern countries is no easy matter as the regimes in question are hostile to Israel and opposed to Median Jewish Aliyah (immigration) to Israel. There are nevertheless ways to resolve this problem. Iraqi Median Jews would be flown out from territory controlled by the pro-Israel Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Iranian Median Jews would be liberated thanks to a US no-fly zone which would lead to armed rebellions with US air support in Iran’s ethnic periphery. Median Jewish Aliyah from Turkey would be enabled through quiet diplomatic economic pressure on the Erdogan regime, a military coup or through change of government in Ankara by means of elections.

Israel never acted out irredentist territorial greed when establishing the strategically located indigenous restorative communities in Judea and Samaria. It was simply the imperative of national survival that necessitated the establishment of those communities since Israel could easily be destroyed if overwhelming military force were to be applied from the mountain range of Judea Samaria towards Jerusalem, the capital of Israel and the Tel Aviv metropolitan area (Gush Dan). Israel could easily be destroyed by a major hostile force in Judea and Samaria since Israeli reserve forces would not be activated rapidly enough.

The indigenous restorative communities of Judea and Samaria are model communities with minimal crime levels and what needs to be promoted is coexistence with nearby Palestinian communities. Surely the future lies in coexistence, dialogue and mutual acceptance between Jews and Palestinians and this is only possible within the framework of Jewish statehood since Palestinians still want to perpetrate a Nakba against Israeli Jews and certainly against those in Judea and Samaria. 

Israeli annexation of the Median Jewish (Alawite and Druze) regions of Syria/Lebanon and Median Jewish mass Aliyah to Israel brings indeed an early resolution to the demographic question in Judea and Samaria.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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