Indigenous Construction is not Irrational

The general international perception of the indigenous restoration project in Judea and Samaria is that it is fundamentally irrational and that demographic trends work against Israel and Zionism. The Israeli calculation was always that demography and time are on Israel’s side and that was and remains no doubt a correct assessment. This estimate has been vastly reinforced by the international rediscovery of core Median Jewry in 2014. Bringing tens of millions of Median Jews to Israel may not be easy but once the gates are opened and Median Jews are recognized as fully Jewish in Israel will no doubt most Median Jews immigrate to Israel and this will demographically allow Israel redeem and enfranchise the entire Judea and Samaria decades earlier than expected. Indigenous construction has been successful in preventing a return to the Auschwitz lines within which Israel could only defend itself through a preemptive attack with the goal of occupying Judea and Samaria. From the point of view of military strategy, there is no sense for Israel to relinquish control over Judea and Samaria and Israel never will.

The demographic argument against the indigenous restoration project in Judea and Samaria is completely debunked. Palestinian fertility rates have been falling since the 1950s and Palestinian women in Judea and Samaria now have little more than 3 children on average while Jewish women in Judea and Samaria have on average 5 children. The Haredi demographic revolution is still in an early stage but will be dramatic during this century as the Haredi population in Israel doubles every 16 years. There are tens of millions of Median Jews in the Middle East and beyond and most will be extremely eager to immigrate to Israel once there are no more obstacles to this in their current countries of residence. 

Israel needs to take advantage of the time factor and already now commence a concerted diplomatic campaign to explain to interlocutors abroad that full Israeli application of sovereignty over the entire Judea and Samaria and subsequent Jordanian annexation of Gaza is in the interest of Jews and Arabs alike. In particular need Israeli diplomats focus on how Israeli incorporation of Judea and Samaria and Jordanian annexation of Gaza will serve the interest of the Palestinian populations there. Although the status quo is the only option for now, changing the status quo in a way that will enfranchise the Palestinians is in the interest of Jews and Arabs alike. There is in practice no alternative whatsoever to Israeli redemption and enfranchisement of Judea and Samaria and subsequent Jordanian annexation of Gaza. 

Starting to explain this years in advance will be very helpful in first building understanding and later advancing international recognition. Starting to explain this only once Israel applies sovereignty over the entire Judea and Samaria is far too late and international interlocutors will be far less receptive than if the explanatory campaign discreetly commences already now. The future of Judea/Samaria and Gaza are both a security issue and a humanitarian matter. Israeli incorporation of the entire Judea and Samaria and subsequent Jordanian annexation of Gaza is in practice the only final status option available but this is also the only way to change the status quo and satisfy both Israel’s legitimate security concerns and the Palestinians’ legitimate humanitarian concerns. The Palestinian nation building project is an abject failure as the Palestinian Authority cannot politically survive without the Israeli military presence in Judea and Samaria and the Gaza strip is fully controlled by the Hamas Jihadist terrorist organization which is only waiting to take over Judea and Samaria as well. There are no future prospects for successful final status negotiations as the Palestinian national project is and was always about destroying Israel as reflected in the Palestinian consensus on never ceding the demand for flooding the Jewish state with millions of Anti-Zionists.

The case for indigenous construction in Judea and Samaria is far stronger now than four decades ago due to the rediscovery of core Median Jewry. Ceasing construction would be dangerous as it would signal that Israel would give up its indigenous territorial claims for no good reason at all and of course that is the agenda behind persuading Israel to cease indigenous construction. Indigenous construction in Judea and Samaria will never stop and many Median Jewish immigrants will no doubt prefer to live in indigenous communities of Judea and Samaria with their high quality of life and low cost of living. 

There has never been a Palestinian state and Jerusalem has never been the capital of an Arab state. There will never be a Palestinian state and no Arab state will ever have Jerusalem as its capital. The idea of Palestinian statehood belongs in that particular dustbin of history reserved for failed utopian ideas due to essentially being dystopian in application indeed.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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