Monday, April 30, 2012

Do what’s good for Israel

Do what’s good for Israel

Op-ed: Despite world’s disapproval, Jewish state should impose Israeli law in Judea and Samaria


Naftali Bennett


The Ulpana neighborhood was legally acquired and constructed by the Israeli government in the 1990s. It looks like any typical neighborhood in Haifa or Gedera. It has 14 buildings and they house families with hundreds of children. Happy families.

In 2008 the Yesh Din organization claimed that a small part of the neighborhood was sold to its residents deceitfully by the cousin of the real owner, who bears the same name. A typical land dispute.

Of course, it wasn’t the Arab who petitioned but the organization. The strategy of left-wing organizations has changed – they lost all their support with the people of Israel, and therefore moved their struggle from the field of public opinion, where they are forgotten, to the field of the High Court of Justice, where they have advocates.

If such a land dispute had happened in Raanana or Jerusalem the petitioner would be required to prove his claims, and if they were found correct he would win compensation and the story would end. But Judea and Samaria isn’t Raanana or Jerusalem. For 45 years Israel is holding this area without imposing sovereignty on it, as it did in Gilo and Ramot in Jerusalem, the Western Wall and Golan Heights. And this is the essence of the problem.

Impose Israeli sovereignty

It would merit the National Camp, which is the decisive majority in the Israeli public, to focus on a serious demand to impose Israeli sovereignty on all the Israeli territories in Judea and Samaria (Territory C.) These territories include the Jordan Valley, Gush Etzion, northern Dead Sea, Ben Gurion Airport corridor, Ariel, Maaleh Adumim and all of Israeli settlement.

Some 350,000 Israelis live there compared to only 48,000 Arabs. We did this in the Golan Heights. We did this in the Gilo and Ramot neighborhoods. We did this for the Western Wall. And we succeeded. The world does not like the measure and does not recognize it, but the Israeli public sees these areas as its country.

From the moment that Israeli law is imposed there the petitions, the examinations and the solutions will be the same as in every other place in Israel. A dispute between neighbors will be heard in court and decided according to law. The address for this is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He was elected as head of the National Camp. The time has come to do what is good for Israel.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4222163,00.html