Twenty-five Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria are not included in the area that Israel is expected to annex (or apply Israeli law to, depending on your linguistic preference) according to President Donald Trump’s peace plan, Reshet Bet radio reported Monday morning. The Trump map shows these 25 Jewish clusters as standing in the middle of a future Palestinian State-owned territories, surrounded by Arab communities – without connecting routes to Israel which do not run through hostile environments.
ARIEL VIEW OF SAMARIA
To be exact, these territories do not appear on the American map as enclaves of Israeli sovereignty in the middle of an envisioned Palestine, as in other cases – they are completely absent from the map. These are communities such as Gilead Farm in Samaria and Asael in southern Mount Hebron, and neighborhoods on the hills adjacent to Yitzhar and Itamar. About 500 families live in the outposts which have been erased from the Trump peace map, and they have been demanding clarification from the Netanyahu-Gantz government: will they be included in Israel’s sovereignty map, or not? And if they are off the Israeli map, does this mean a future repeat of the 2005 Gush Katif forced evacuation?
President Trump originally stated that no Israelis or Palestinians would be evicted from their homes, but what is one to do when his home was erased from the map?
Representatives of the communities of Asael, Pnei Kedem, Givat Assaf and the Gilad Farm wrote the Prime Minister: “We are now watching the sword that is hoisted over our very existence. We seek a clarification of what should be taken for granted: that no settlement will be uprooted and no family will be evicted from their home.”
The Prime Minister met on Sunday with 11 heads of municipalities in Judea and Samaria and told them that all that’s being required of Israel is to give its consent in principle to negotiations of a future Palestinian state with the PA, not actually establishing such a state. In other words, let our grandchildren deal with it (when they aren’t busy paying up the billions in debt incurred by the Netanyahu-Gantz government during the coronavirus crisis, when no one was working but everyone still had to eat.
Netanyahu also told the settler leaders that what the Americans call a Palestinian state – we don’t call it that, Kan 11 News reported.
ISRAEL’S NORTHERN LANDSCAPE
So, to summarize: 25 Jewish settlements will disappear, Israel will agree in principle to a future Palestinian state, and the promised sovereignty will be a lot more limited than we imagine.
It isn’t clear, by the way, whether BlueandWhite Chairman, Defense Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz supports the annexation/sovereignty, although he won’t be able to block it in an open Knesset vote – Netanyahu would be supported by Israel Beiteinu and Yamina, no matter how questionable the actual sovereignty would end up being. It’s now—as is often the case—up to Netanyahu
Senior Chabad Rabbi in Israel, Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Yeruslavski, urges Netanyahu not to embrace Trump peace plan. arutzsheva
Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Yeruslavski, the chief of Chabad’s central rabbinic court in Israel, penned a letter late last week to Netanyahu, urging the prime minister not to accept the Trump administration’s peace plan over its support for the establishment of a Palestinian state. In his letter to Netanyahu, Rabbi Yeruslavski cited the position of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe forbidding the surrender of parts of the historic Land of Israel. [and remember the meeting of Netanyahu to the Rebbe? and the Rebbe telling Netanyahu that he will one day be in a tenuous position ….]
“Back in 1990, we had clear instructions from the Lubavitcher Rebbe regarding the return of territories, etc., which you of course must remember.”
“When we hear today talk of an agreement for the establishment of a Palestinian terrorist state in the territory of Judea and Samaria, we request that you do not, God forbid, make the mistake of accepting the Deal of the Century plan of President Trump, which includes in it Palestinian statehood, heaven help us.”
“This plan will only bring the opposite of security to the holy land,”Last week, a delegation of Chabad leaders visited the Jewish community in Hebron and met with local Jewish leaders, who presented them with the map of the “Deal of the Century” plan. Following the tour, members of the delegation said they would work to lobby against the plan’s adoption by Israel.
"The Lubavitcher Rebbe warned that the very talk of retreat from the enemy endangers the nation that dwells in Zion, even before talking about the dangers that stem from the plan, and therefore Chabad will have to act to prevent danger to the lives of millions of Jews in the land of Israel,” one Chabad official told Arutz Sheva.
Bennett and Yamima: “Sovereignty yes, a terrorist Palestinian state, no,” said Yamina Monday. “We say again that Yamina will fully back a true sovereignty map.” arutzsheva
Fighting Trump plan, hilltop youth may go where no settler has before: Area A
Far-right activists launch ‘It’s all ours’ campaign, plotting outposts in PA-controlled parts of West Bank that other settlers have shied from. Dozens of far-right Israeli activists have launched a campaign aimed at foiling the Trump peace plan that they say will include establishing outposts in parts of the West Bank that are earmarked for the Palestinian state envisioned by the proposal.
Organizers of the “It’s all ours” campaign say their efforts will progress in three stages during the coming weeks leading up to the July 1 date on which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to begin advancing annexation of parts of the West Bank with US backing.
The campaign marks the latest effort to oppose the Trump plan, which despite its envisioning of Israel annexing all West Bank settlements in addition to the Jordan Valley, has faced significant opposition from settler leaders, senior figures in the national religious camp, and now younger, ultra-nationalist activists as well.
The first stage of the “It’s all ours” campaign was launched late Thursday night and saw over 100 hilltop youth and students from national religious yeshivas around the country plastering over 5,500 fliers along roads and bus stops throughout the West Bank, warning against “the danger of the division of the land that is on the horizon.”
The “It’s all ours” organizers say the next stage will include rallies and marches throughout the West Bank as early as later this week. The campaign will then climax with the establishment of illegal outposts in “strategic areas” beyond the Green Line, regardless of whether they are located in Areas A, B, or C.
Havat Gilad, established in Samaria in 2002, is home to some 50 families. Dozens of families live in Givat Assaf near Beit El, north of Jerusalem, which was established in 2001. Other towns excluded from the sovereignty plan include Einot Kedem, Pnei Kedem, Tzur Shalem, Sadeh Boaz, Tekoa Dalet, Adoraim, Havat Maon, Nogohot West, Sculley's Farm, Havat Gilad, Maoz Tzvi, Maale Yisrael, Saneh Yaakov, and multiple outpost communities adjacent to the towns of Itamar and Yitzhar
Until now, Israeli settlers have focused almost exclusively on settling in Area C — the 60% of the West Bank, which according to the 1995 Oslo Accords falls under Israeli security and civilian control. A handful of outposts have gone up in Area B where Israel has security control, but the Palestinian Authority is in charge of civilian matters, but Israeli security forces have worked to swiftly demolish such illegal building. Area A, on the other hand, is under full PA control and has rarely experienced any attempts by Israelis to settle there.
“Our mission is to break through the current boundaries of settlement. If we settle with existing communities, we will lose most of Judea and Samaria and establish a Palestinian state will be established there,” the campaign organizers wrote on the thousands of fliers distributed throughout the West Bank.
Among the “it’s all ours” leader is Yedidya Shapira, a 25-year-old father of two from the central West Bank settlement of Beit El. He argued that the Trump plan posed a “challenge as well as an opportunity” for the settler movement. If the proposal says that the 30% where we are located is ours, then it is our responsibility to settle the remaining 70% to show that it is ours as well.”
“We can only demand where we settle,” Shapira said, echoing a major tenant of the Trump peace plan, which states that no Israelis or Palestinians will be uprooted from their homes as a part of its “realistic two state solution.”
He revealed that before the pandemic, the campaign leadership had already started scoping out hilltops for the establishment of new wildcat communities. Shapira said he was not concerned about the risks establishing remote outposts in areas that are under PA control. “The IDF is responsible for the security of Israelis no matter where they are and they’ll protect us.”
Asked whether there was any strategic value in accepting the Trump plan in order to receive US backing for annexation of at least part of the West Bank, when the PA is almost certain to reject an offer for statehood on what remains, another member of the campaign, Sarah Miriam Malt emphatically rejected the idea.
“Opposing the division of the land is a fundamental belief based on the Bible. I have no moral right to give that of because the moment I do so, we lose the legitimacy of our claims,” said the 27-year-old mother of four from the Geulat Zion outpost in the central West Bank.
Despite the rather homogeneous makeup of the “it’s all ours” supporters, Malt insisted that a majority of Jewish Israelis support their goals and recognize that “we have a right to be here and that no other people has such a right.” The goal of the campaign, she argued, is to “awaken the public” in the hopes that more will join them in acting upon that prerogative.
Netanyahu vows all settlements will be annexed July 1, but other lands may wait
Meeting with West Bank mayors who have refrained from
I LOVE THE JORDAN VALLEY
We need microscopic explanation to this current statement of Netanyahu, and will he be held to it??
He’s doing this with only a roughly 50% approval of Israeli Settlers. He’s doing this for his posterity and not for the Jews of Israel