Zionism Will Unite

One of the consequences of Aliyah (immigration) to Israel of tens of millions of Median Jews from the Middle East, Africa and China is that the political split in Zionism between left and right will disappear. The Zionist left certainly is not advocating for a two-state solution due to feeling sorry for the self-inflicted tragedies of the Palestinians, but because they believe a two-state solution is necessary in order to defend the Jewish and democratic character of Israel. This is an important distinction since the Zionist left is pro-Palestinian only to the degree that they believe this is consistent with their conception of the Israeli national interest.

Once the existence of Median Jewry is revealed by the Israeli government to the Israeli public and Median Jews are officially recognized as fully Jewish by Israel’s rabbinical establishment will there be a public debate in Israel about the future of Judea and Samaria in light of tens of millions Median Jews immigrating to Israel from the Middle East, Africa and China. This debate will no doubt conclude with a new Zionist consensus on the wisdom of Israel redeeming and enfranchising the entire Judea and Samaria. To be sure, not every Israeli Zionist will support Israel applying sovereignty over the entire Judea and Samaria but nearly all will, including no doubt the Meretz political party and the Peace Now political movement. Despite Israel incorporating the entire Judea and Samaria will the percentage of Palestinian citizens of Israel increasingly fall with Median Jewish mass Aliyah.

While the international community may continue to insist on the two-state illusion up until the point where Jews become the majority in Judea and Samaria (there are currently a population of 2 million Palestinians in Judea and Samaria who bear on average three children per women), foreign governments usually emphasize that there is a point beyond which their particular version of the two-state solution become non-viable (which of course it already is!) It is therefore essential that Israel builds as much as possible in Judea and Samaria to hasten international recognition of Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria. Of course, many governments in the international community have recognized the Palestinian non-state and some may irrationally continue to insist on recognizing the Palestinian non-state even after the international version of the two-state solution is deemed no longer viable. 

However, it is certainly an Israeli diplomatic interest to ensure that as many Median Jews as possible settle in Judea and Samaria as the total population of Israel is set to quadruple or quintuple. Indeed, any two-state solution should actively be debunked by establishing large new Jewish cities in Judea and Samaria for the new immigrants with the purpose of discrediting any form of partition of Judea and Samaria. If the Jewish population of Judea and Samaria can be increased tenfold from 500 000 to five million will that mean that the two million Palestinians of Judea and Samaria will be reduced to less than a third of the area’s population in serving to very effectively discredit the two-state illusion. Israel applying sovereignty over the entire Judea and Samaria will legally enable Israel to expropriate significant tracts of Palestinian-owned lands in Judea and Samaria for the purpose of building large cities for new immigrants. Most Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria have a suburban character in effectively being commuter suburbs to the major metropolitan regions of Israel. In order to absorb millions of Median Jews in Judea and Samaria is it necessary to build new large Jewish cities in the region and preferably with skyscrapers.

At present the goal of Israeli diplomacy with respect to most governments should be to build understanding rather than acceptance of Israel redeeming and enfranchising the entire Judea and Samaria. The battle to win international recognition will commence only after Israel formally applies sovereignty over the entire Judea and Samaria. The fact that the Jewish nation will be united in support of Israeli incorporation of the entire Judea and Samaria will be significant since there will be no Zionist camp supporting the two-state proposal in thus effectively burying the two-state illusion.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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