All Times Are Israel Time
UPDATE 7 pm Tuesday: Palestinian terrorists in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza have been “celebrating” Nakba day throughout the morning and afternooon:
At 4:16 pm, Israeli motorists were attacked by Palestinian “rock” throwers in Al Khader. At 3:24 pm, Palestinian rioters at the Qalandiya checkpoint threw five Molotov cocktails and “rocks” at IDF troops and attempted to place an IED. Two “rock” throwing incidents were reported at Hevron at 3:03 pm.
At 1:17 pm, a missile was fired by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza at the men, women, and children of Shaar Hanegev.
Also during the day, there was intense “rock” throwing at Rachel’s Tomb near Bethlehem, on the road to Efrat, at Beit Hagai (south of Hevron), in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, and at the Ofer Prison north of Ramallah.
Ho hum. Another day, another condemnation of Israel by the European Union. In a three page “Conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process”, E.U. foreign ministers led by France, Britain, and Germany ludicrously laid most of the blame for the non-existent “peace process” on who else–“violent” Jewish community members in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem (the document was somewhat toned down by the foreign ministers of Italy and the Netherlands).
Of course the document included the same litany of objections to Israeli actions as the last document and has produced the same reaction in Israel–the government has nothing to say and the public doesn’t care.
However, there was a breath of fresh air this morning from Dani Dayan, head of the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea and Samaria, who said that it was about time for the E.U. to recognize these communities:
“The time has come for the European Union to recognize the flourishing communities in Judea and Samaria, that include four cities, six regional councils and 13 local councils and more than 120 communities for a population of 360,000 Israelis. They are a fait accompli and are irreversible.”
Your humble servant agrees with Dani Dayan and would suggest that his comment is applicable to not only the European Union but also the world. In this context, this israelstreet blog will be devoted to an “educational series” about Judea and Samaria over the next three days (unless events intervene of course).
Before we get started, it may be important to remind my dear readers that the reason that Israelis use the term “Judea and Samaria” is because that was the name of this territory for 3000 years–until Jordan illegally occupied it in 1948 and created the term “West Bank” to describe its colonialist aspirations. When the United Nations partitioned “Palestine” in 1948, the document specifically referred to “Judea and Samaria”, not to “the West Bank.”
So let’s begin with three basic questions:
1. What is the total area of Judea and Samaria?
A. 5796 sq km or 2237 sq mi
B. 8223 sq km or 3175 sq mi
C. 12387 sq km or 4782 sq mi
The answer to question number one is A. 2,237 square miles. Note this includes water territory of part of the Dead Sea as well as the “no man’s land” in the Latrun salient. It does not include the 64 sq km/25 sq mi of the eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem.
2. Read the note at the top of the above map carefully: “West Bank is Israeli-occupied with current status subject to the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement; permanent status to be determined through further negotiation.”
Where does this language come from?
A. The 1948 United Nations Partition Agreement
B. Resolution 194 of the United Nations General Assembly
C. The 1993 Oslo Accords negotiated between Palestinians and Israelis
The answer to question 2 is C. The 1993 Oslo Accords negotiated between Palestinians and Israelis. For all the talk always bandied about about “illegal occupation” and “illegal under international law”, the fact is that the Palestinians themselves recognized in 1993 that they do not have a legal right to Judea and Samaria–and that its final status is to be determined through negotiation with Israel. The Oslo Accords established Areas A, B, and C in Judea and Samaria.
3. Of all the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria, what % of them live in Areas A and B?
A. 43 %
And the answer is . . . tune in tomorrow for that answer, and more . . .