Censuring Indigenous Construction is not an American Interest

The US has a long and unsuccessful policy spanning decades of censuring indigenous construction in Judea and Samaria. Indigenous construction in Judea and Samaria is a vital Israeli national security interest as it prevents return to the pre-1967 Auschwitz lines within which Israel could only defend itself through a preemptive offensive attack and effectively force Israel to reoccupy the entire Judea and Samaria without the convenient presence of the Palestinian Authority. So what would be the point of withdrawal?

Israeli control over Judea and Samaria has successfully stabilized the Middle East. The eastern front has been quiet since 1967 due to Israel’s control over Judea and Samaria which even persuaded Jordan to make peace with Israel in 1994. Indigenous construction in Judea and Samaria sends the message to the region that Israel will never return to indefensible lines and that strategic posture serves to stabilize the region. The Kushner peace map proves that restorative indigenous communities do not prevent but rather facilitate the option of partition.

The US needs to consider that the region would be destabilized were Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria just as Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza – as indeed encouraged by the US and the international community – has proven extremely destabilizing in leading to recurring wars between Israel and Gaza. Those who complain about the Palestinian humanitarian situation in Gaza as well as Palestinian suffering due to war between Israel and Gaza seem to conveniently forget that the situation is directly caused by a failed policy which the US and the rest of the international community encouraged. Attempts to promote the failed Gaza strategy in Judea and Samaria would profoundly destabilize the region, including Jordan and potentially bring down the Hashemite ruling family in thus opening up the eastern front anew.

There are no prospects whatsoever of an end-of-claims final status agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority since the Palestinian Authority promotes a Jewish Nakba (first in Judea and Samaria and later in Israel itself) and flooding Israel with millions of Anti-Zionists in thus turning any two-state solution into a transitional fiction. The Palestinian side endeavors to end the Jewish state and displace the Jewish population and openly states so. 

Indigenous construction in Judea and Samaria is the most effective means for thwarting such malign designs against the Jewish people. Indeed, indigenous construction serves the US interest of promoting regional stability. Israel will redeem and enfranchise the entire Judea and Samaria when its Jewish population is large enough to allow this and therefore the best policy to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians is to diplomatically facilitate Median Jewish mass Aliyah (immigration) to Israel. The US should seriously reconsider its policy of opposing indigenous construction in the strategic area of Judea and Samaria. Furthermore, what good does censuring Israel for indigenous construction do? It harms Israel and therefore indirectly also to some degree the US interest in a strong Israel. The US policy of opposing indigenous construction in Judea and Samaria has proven a resounding failure and there is no gain in perpetuating failed policies. Censuring indigenous construction in Judea and Samaria is directly contrary to the US national interest.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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