Caroline Glick

A One State Plan for Peace in the Middle East (2014)


Israel needs to control Judea and Samaria. It needs to be able to defend itself from the threats of Palestinian terrorism and external forces alike. Equally important, renouncing its rights to Judea and Samaria would mean denying Jewish history and heritage, and so emptying the Jewish state of meaning.


Israel cannot do that. For more than twenty-five years, due to successive Israeli governments’ preference for the idea over the good, Israeli leaders have pursued chimerical peace processes with the PLO and doomed confederations with Jordan instead of considering the viability and the desirability of applying Israeli law to Judea and Samaria, and incorporating the areas and their Palestinian residents into Israel.


By virtue of its sovereign rights since independence, its capture of the territory in a defensive war, and the limited nature of the right of self-determination (the Palestinians’ strongest claim to sovereignty), Israel’s legal claim to sovereign rights over Judea and Samaria is clearly stronger than that of the Palestinians. Despite the propaganda claims of Israel’s detractors, there is no international legal obstacle to the application of Israeli sovereignty to Judea and Samaria. Israel, far from being a foreign occupier of Palestinian lands, is the legitimate sovereign...The people of Israel, and indeed the Jewish people worldwide, are a community of memory. The reconstitution of the Jewish state in the Land of Israel is an unprecedented historic accomplishment. No other indigenous people has preserved its national identity for so long and against such great odds, only to repatriate itself to its historic homeland—sometimes with the help of the nations of the world, sometimes in defiance of their collective will.


The magnitude of the Jews’ accomplishment in reestablishing their state is as remarkable as the Palestinians’ obscene attempt to distort this accomplishment and destroy the historic record. The Israeli one-state plan provides an equitable, democratic means of resolving the conflict, and by safeguarding Israel’s national and legal rights, it secures Israel’s strategic posture. It neutralizes the Palestinians’ capacity to destabilize Israel domestically and delegitimize it internationally, and it strengthens Israel militarily, both from foreign invasion and from terror assaults.


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