March 24, 2011
The word "settlement" is misleading and is a myth in itself.
The areas in Israel referred to have population centres larger than Edgware, Stanmore or Radlett. The idea of a "settlement" is of a temporary "tent city". This is very far from the truth. We are talking about Towns and Villages with established infra structures, schools, libraries, shopping malls, all with populations in each of the major areas in excess of 30,000 people.
These Towns are there to stay, they are not temporary and will not be evacuated in the way that the towns and villages of Sinai and Gaza were given up for "Peace".
The areas are different, Sinai and Gaza were a question of security, there has never been a Jewish historical claim to those areas. Judea and Samaria however are completely different, these are areas with the strongest possible historical connection to the Jewish people.
The world is slowly coming to realise that these areas will not be given up to appease the latest left-wing fad in political correctness, it doesnt matter how loud the friends of George Galloway and his Guardian reading, climate-change believing, open-toed sandal wearing, political correct lefties shout and scream, the facts on the ground are the reality.
Israel's legal rights to the areas have been explained by the distinguished Anglo-Canadian jurist, Professor Gerald Adler, in a painstaking analysis of Jewish claims stretching back to the Balfour Declaration of 1917, the Treaty of Sèvres of 1920 and the Palestine Mandate of 1922.
Professor Adler demonstrates that Jews have a right to "close settlement" on the West Bank, and that this right was in fact specifically preserved, and carried forward on the demise of the League of Nations, through the deliberate wording of article 80 of the founding charter of its successor body, the United Nations organisation.
The documents are available for anyone to read.
The Geneva Convention (1949), which prohibits an occupying power from transferring its own civilian population into occupied territory that the Galloway loving Guardian reading, Climate Change believing, Open Toed Sandal Wearing Lefties love to quote is irrelevant.
Why is it irrelevant - because no Israeli is compelled to live in Judea or Samaria - people live in these areas out of choice.
For Jews to live in these areas is a right – not only is it an historical and biblical right it is a right enshrined in International Law, a right granted by the League of Nations and guaranteed by the UN at its foundation. No-one, least of all the Left Wing, Self Hating,Trendy Lefties have the moral or legal authority to interfere.