Median Jews Settling in Judea and Samaria will Hasten International Recognition

Members of the international community constantly repeat that the much touted “two-state solution” will at some point expire due to continued indigenous construction in Judea and Samaria. That is certainly not something to fear, in fact that should be welcomed. Of course the particular version of the two-state solution according to the so-called “international parameters”, is not “agreed” as Israel was never consulted and certainly did not consent to those ideas which are completely detached from reality. 

There was long a view in the Israeli intelligence establishment that Israel needs to be seen as wanting peace and hence must Israel approve of peace proposals that the Palestinian side will reject despite Israel not believing in them either. There was also an element to this of building internal Zionist/Israeli cohesion. Israel and the Zionist movement has a long tradition from 1937 to 2020 of officially approving international proposals for a two-state partition despite not sincerely believing in those proposals. This of course does not mean that the Zionist/Israeli side did not want peace, on the contrary so, but rather that the Zionist/Israeli side understood well that those proposals were not viable and would be rejected by the other side. Saying “yes” to non-viable international proposals thus became an essential element in Israel’s efforts for decades to discredit the genocidal rejectionism of Israel’s existential adversaries. The Zionist movement and later Israel would certainly have sincerely supported any of those proposals if they had believed that any of them would have led to perpetual peace and as it turned out, of course they did not.

The so-called “international parameters” are based on the hope that the leftwing Meretz party will gain a majority of seats in a future Israeli parliamentary election and that the octogenarian Mahmoud Abbas will be replaced by a dove who will discard Palestinist rejectionism. That of course is a pipe dream that will never come true as statecraft must have a solid basis as opposed to being founded on irrational messianic hopes. 

Once Israel has received a critical mass of Median Jewish immigrants will Israel be able to redeem and enfranchise the entire Judea and Samaria and the Jordanian monarchy will subsequently be extremely pleased to annex Gaza and enfranchise its residents. What then will motivate the international community to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the entire Judea and Samaria? The international community unanimously claims that continued home construction in indigenous communities of Judea and Samaria “endangers” the particular version of the two-state solution advocated by the international community. This suggests that Israel settling millions of Median Jews in Judea and Samaria and thus minoritizing the Palestinian population within that region will lead the international community to discard the two-state solution. 

If 4 million Jews lived in Judea and Samaria (as compared to 2 million Palestinians in the same region), would the international community abandon their much touted “two-state solution” and recognize Israeli sovereignty over the entire Judea and Samaria? Of course the diplomatic outcome is impossible to predict but Israel should strive to settle 10 million Median Jews in Judea and Samaria. Why 10 million? Judea and Samaria indigenous communities allow for comfortable commuting to jobs in Israel’s metropolitan regions, i.e. Beersheba, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa. Most indigenous communities in Judea and Samaria are commuter suburbs to those metropolitan areas. However, in order to settle 10 million Median Jews in Judea and Samaria will Israel need to build high-rises and even skyscrapers. 10 million Jews in Judea and Samaria would create an irreversible reality that would be impossible to ignore. Once Israel has formally applied Israeli sovereignty over the entire Judea and Samaria should Israel move to expropriate land in order to build new cities with skyscrapers in Judea and Samaria. They should be built deliberately in such a way so as to discredit any two-solution. The fact is that millions of Median Jews settling in Judea and Samaria will hasten international recognition of Israeli sovereignty over that region. The argument that Israel should refrain from indigenous construction in Judea and Samaria is thus incompatible with the Israeli national interest which is building as much indigenous housing in Judea and Samaria as there is demand for.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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