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A Palestinian State with Temporary Borders – A Historical Catastrophe

By Elyakim Haetzni

12 September, 2013

With the closing year, we are witnessing the weakening of President Barack 
Obama and the embarrassing differences revealed between him and his 
Secretary of State, John Kerry. The result, a temporary alleviation in 
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's situation, is no cause for satisfaction 
given the fact that both sides are despicable butchers and radically hostile 
to Israel. For now, this respite frees us from the likelihood that Israel – 
as usual - will pay the price of an American strike on Syria.

Kerry's speech explaining and justifying the proposed attack on Syria was 
very impressive.

It revealed, contrary to the misleading impression 
presented by the media, a strong and determined personality with an inner 
fire bordering on fanaticism. As long as those character traits are 
harnessed to relieving the humanitarian plight in Syria, all is fine.

Unfortunately, Kerry is also the torch-bearer for 'Palestine'. Establishing 
a Palestinian state is also an emotional issue for him rather than a 
calculated interest. And behind Kerry stands the President, whose sympathy 
from day one has been for Islam and the 'Palestinians'. The combination of 
these two figures poses great difficulties for the national interests of the 
Jewish People in the Land of Israel all the days of the year. Just think of 
their effect if and when these two men achieve their first success in the 
Middle East by inflicting a painful blow to an Arab state, with casualties 
who happen to be Arabs.

Such insult added to injury will have to be atoned for by the Jews, and what 
could be more handy than the Livni-Erekat-Kerry "peace talks"? "We 
intervened on behalf of the poor Syrians," they'll say, "now let's balance 
things out by intervening on behalf of the poor Palestinians." With Syria, 
the Americans fired Tomahawk missiles, with Israel there's no such need. 
Here they can apply pressure of a different sort on the other torch-bearers 
for Palestine: the one who leads the Israeli delegation and the weak prime 
minister who stands behind her.

Our hearts are with the children – as well as the adults – that were gassed 
in Syria. No Jew, not now nor ever, can remain apathetic in the face of 
mass murder by poison gas. However, there is no reason that we should pay 
with our homeland for crimes committed by Syrians against each other. In 
the same vein, witnessing American incompetence would normally be very 
distressing, however if an automobile is racing towards you and about to run 
you over, you hope – even if it's yours - that its tires are punctured and 
its steering wheel crooked!

In every future scenario, the Damocles' Sword of "peace talks" with the 
Palestinian enemy will remain hanging over our heads. Lately, it's taken 
the form of yet another expected speech by Netanyahu – once again at Bar 
Ilan – in which he'll bury the Land of Israel still deeper under the 
mountains of the false and fictitious 'Palestinian' narrative, this time – 
God forbid – irremediably. We're talking about a 'long-term interim 
agreement' or establishing 'a Palestinian state with temporary borders'. 
This 'deal' will be sold to the public as a bargain, since it will not 
require (for now) a mass expulsion. 'Only' outlying communities will be 
destroyed -- Alon Moreh, Har Bracha, Yitzhar, and Itamar have already been 

The time has come to closely examine this catastrophic idea of establishing 
an "instant" state for the Arabs that will be sovereign for all intents and 
purposes, like France or Israel. Its borders will be defined so that the 
only thing 'temporary' about it will be the promise of expansion and 
enlargement at the expense of the Jewish homeland.

The result for Israel will be that domestic and international pressure will 
continue to increase until the full goal is achieved: Palestinian Jerusalem, 
the destruction of all the settlements, the expulsion of their residents, 
and Israel's return to the Green Line to the last centimeter. This, of 
course, is only the first phase of Arafat and his PLO's piece-by-piece 
strategy: it will be followed by – Allah is beneficent! – The Blue Line!

All will be as it was here in Israel, with one unfortunate difference: from 
now on, the Arabs will have a full-fledged state with all the attendant 
sovereign powers and privileges. The IDF will no longer be able to enter 
Jenin under cover of darkness and arrest terrorists – that would violate 
state sovereignty, a crime according to international law. No longer can 
the Civil Administration impound a garbage truck belonging to the town of 
Al-Bira when it dumps and burns its municipal garbage next to the homes of 
the Jewish town of Psagot. Doing so would cause an 'international 
incident'. No longer will we own the antiquities from the First and Second 
Temple periods that were discovered and excavated. The coins and oil lamps 
from the Hasmonean period and the Great Revolt and the Bar Kochva Revolt 
will have to be handed over to the 'Palestinians' according to the 
requirements of the Hague Convention.

Armed with full status as a state, Palestine will be able to turn Israel 
into an international pariah. All our claims to the Land of Israel will be 
null and void as against the foreign country that we ourselves, in a legally 
binding act, recognized as the rightful owners of the Land of Israel.

If the State of Israel protested against granting state status to the 
Palestinian Authority at the UN, an act whose value was symbolic rather than 
real, how can we now even conceive of giving our enemies the real thing with 
our very own hands? In giving them the sharpened knife of independence and 
sovereignty, they'll be able to take from us by force all that we protected 
at such great cost for all these years, such as Jerusalem, the '67 borders, 
the 1948 refugees, and all the rest. Have we gone insane?

And it gets even worse: did you know that today there is not a centimeter of 
land on the entire planet apart from the South Pole that is not under the 
sovereign power of a state with the exception of . . . Judea and Samaria? 
Only these lands that were formerly part of the British Mandate granted by 
the League of Nations didn't become part of sovereign Israel or sovereign 
Jordan – or even a UN trusteeship -- after WWII. Therefore, in the opinion 
of the most respected jurists of international law and according to the 
recent Edmond Levi report, the terms of the British Mandate still apply to 
Judea and Samaria, currently under Israeli military rule.

What are the Mandate's terms? It plainly states that "recognition has been 
given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and 
to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country." It 
also calls for increased Jewish immigration and intensive Jewish settlement 
of the land. This is the legal basis for the settlements that were 
established throughout Judea and Samaria and for Jewish building in East 
Jerusalem. Otherwise, by what right did we take those lands and exploit 
their resources if they belonged to another sovereign?

Let it be said here and now that Israeli recognition of Palestinian 
sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, where only the size of the territory is 
left undetermined, signifies the end of legal Israeli rule over the entire 
area and an historic abdication for future generations. From now on, even 
if the Arabs force other wars upon us and we conquer Nablus over and over 
again, we will always be forced to retreat because the land will be 
considered Palestinian land -- just as the Americans retreated from Iraq 
because it is a foreign land for them and just as the occupation of Nazi 
Germany was reversed because Germans lands belong to the German people.

So, it may come to pass, God forbid, that what the Nation of Israel never 
did during all its years of utter helplessness in exile, it will now do 
while sovereign in its own land and at the height of its powers: cede its 
right to the Land of Israel to an alien people.

Ones hair stands on end when considering the implications: can it be other 
than Divine decree that the last area on earth without a sovereign ruler is 
smack dab in the historical heartland of the Land of Israel? And that this 
land at this particular moment in history is under Jewish rule and thus in 
the hands of its original and true owner? Picture Judea and Samaria sitting 
in the open palm of the State of Israel. Israel has only to close her hand 
and this treasure, the yearning of millennia, will be hers. The Jewish 
People kept faith with this land throughout the long exile and spilt seas of 
blood, sweat, and tears for it. And instead of grasping what was dropped 
into her palm, what does the State of Israel do? She drops it into the 
hands of her enemies in disgust. Esau sold his birthright for a mess of 
porridge. The sick of spirit among those who govern Israel are planning to 
perpetrate this national crime without even asking for anything in return. 
In their perverted minds, the quid pro quo is being rid of the hated 
"territories" and the despised settlers.

This scenario is not theoretical. During these very days, representatives 
of the Israeli government are sitting and reviewing with their associates 
the names of the communities slated for destruction. They are explicitly 
discussing a Jordan Valley wiped clean of its Jewish communities, where all 
that's left to decide is where to situate a few military posts that will 
remain in the area for the time being. They need to figure out a couple 
more details, such as how to secure Ben Gurion Airport once the Jewish 
communities of western Samaria are destroyed; our American 
despoiler-partners are offering some technical security alternatives, 
prostheses to replace the living limbs that will be torn out.

And meanwhile, what are the intended victims doing, those representatives of 
the "Jewish Nation" living in the Jordan Valley and Judea and Samaria 
specifically named in the British Mandate as the beneficiaries of the Jewish 
right to the land and which a state called "Israel" wants to take from them 


Where are the settlements of Elon Moreh, Itamar, Einav and others who are 
destined to disappear in the "interim stage"? Why aren't they rising up and 
shouting? Where are their friends, the other settlements whose turn to be 
cut off like one slices a salami will come next? Are they rising up in 
solidarity with their brothers? Hasn't the time come to register volunteers 
who on the Day of Judgment will come to stop the destroyers with their 
bodies, thereby warning all the irresponsible politicians whose hands are on 
the steering wheel that they're playing with fire, the fire of internal 
rebellion and civil war? Why aren't the settlements of the Jordan Valley 
opening their mouths to inform the authorities and the Americans and the 
enemy that they won't go quietly, but will fight for their homes and fields 
and will call on every man and woman in Israel to come stand by their side!

If such voices were heard, it might dissuade some of Israel's leaders, but 
the opposite is also true: the silence in the national camp speaks loudly. 
It broadcasts blindness and failure to read the signs, lack of organization 
and coordination, weakness and helplessness. Such impressions, whether true 
or misleading, add to the confidence and fighting spirit of the forces of 
destruction which in turn contributes to hastening and intensifying the 

The settlers already number, thank God, hundreds of thousands; even if only 
the 'ideological' settlements are counted, the numbers are in the tens of 
thousands. This public hasn't managed to regroup since the crisis of the 
Yesha Council in Kfar Maimon during the dark days of the expulsion from Gush 
Katif. Since then, eight years ago, no other body has arisen to lead the 
coming struggle. However, the situation has become critical. Now, while the 
suicidal Livni-Erekat talks are ongoing, is the time to start the work of 
organizing so that we can build the tools to frustrate their designs and 
nullify their plans.

On our side is justice, appreciable political power, a strong hold on the 
land, and good people. Into our hands the future of Israel's heartland is 
entrusted. The only thing lacking is the inner determination to start 
acting. While we wait, the forces of destruction are already on the march. 

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Elyakim Haetzni

Kiryat Arba, ISRAEL 90100

Tel. 02-9961878 Fax – 02-9963001