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The Disputed Territories

Palestinian propaganda has labeled Israel's control over the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and the Gaza Strip as "Occupied". The term "occupied" is not an adequate term. As you will see the term Disputed should apply.

History of the Disputed Territories.

  • Prior to 1967 Jordan occupied the West Bank and Egypt occupied the Gaza Strip. Following the Arab rejection of the UN partition plan for Palestine (the area that is now Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip), many Arab countries attacked the newly established state of Israel. Israel was victorious and her victory left her sovereign of the area that is now referred to as Israel. The invading armies of Egypt and Jordan were left occupying the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • In 1967 Israel fought another war in self-defense. Unwilling to recognize Israel Arab armies again attacked Israel in an attempt to destroy the Jewish state.
  • Israel was once again victorious. As a result of her victory Israel found itself in possession of additional lands, the Sinai (later returned to Egypt following a peace treaty) the Golan Heights, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Disputed not Occupied.

  • Israel has legitimate rights to the West Bank and Gaza Strip. These territories are cradles of Jewish history that have an enormous amount of biblical relevance. Jews have been living there for centuries.
  • No independent Arab or Palestinian state has ever existed in the West Bank or Gaza Strip.

"There is no such country [as Palestine]! 'Palestine' is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria." - Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, a local Arab leader, to the Peel Commission, 1937

  • The status of the West Bank and Gaza Strip can only be determined via negotiations. The West Bank and Gaza Strip were not recognized as part of any sovereign prior to 1967.
  • During the 1990s Israel and the Palestinians agreed during the Oslo Peace Accords that, the final status of the West Bank and Gaza Strip would be decided through negotiations.
  • UN Resolution 242 requires Israel's "withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict". The word "all" was deliberately excluded from the resolution.
  • Resolution 242 does not call for a unilateral withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Resolution stipulates that an agreement between the parties must be reached.
  • UN Resolution 338 (adopted after the 1973 War) calls upon the parties to negotiate so that "a just and durable peace in the Middle East" could be established.

Negotiations and the Territories.

  • In 1993 Israel and the Palestinian leadership headed by PLO leader Yasir Arafat signed the Oslo Accords and entered the Peace Process. The Peace Process had the intension of establishing Palestinian self determination in The West Bank and Gaza Strip and security for the state of Israel.
  • Palestinian rule was established in the population centers of the territories and final status negotiations were to be held to determine the outcome of final borders, Jerusalem and refugees.
  • At Camp David July 2000, Ehud Barak, the Israeli Prime Minister, Bill Clinton the US President, and Yasir Arafat met for final status negotiations and the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • Ehud Barak offered Yasir Arafat 100% of the Gaza Strip and 97% of the West Bank, and agreed to dismantle 63 settlements. In addition Barak offered Palestinian sovereignty over the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem that would become the capital of the Palestinian state. The Palestinians would have control over their religious places and have religious sovereignty on the Temple Mount. Arafat refused the offer and made no counter proposal. He responded with violence starting the second Palestinian intifada.
  • The Palestinians once again rejected Ehud Barak's offers later at Taba, December 2000.
  • Until both parties agree to the final status of the West Bank and Gaza Strip the eares are disputed and not occupied.

Terrorism and the Territories.

  • Palestinian sympathisers incorrectly claim that terrorism is a direct response to "occupation". There is no validity in this claim.
  • The death of innocent civilians, men women and children can not be justified.
  • Israel's presence in the territories is not the root of terrorism. Palestinian violence is rooted in the nurtured and encouraged hatred of Israel. The Palestinians are constantly incited to murder innocent Israelis and westerners.
  • Palestinian terrorism predates Israel's presence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Many terrorist attacks against Jews occurred prior to 1967 and even before Israel's existence in 1948.
  • The Palestinian terrorist organization, the PLO was established in 1964, three years before Israel presence in the territories.
  • Many terrorist attacks have occurred during times when peaces processes have been at their most active. When attempts have been made to end the so-called occupation.
  • It is a myth that terrorists act out of desperation or poverty as a result of "occupation". They are incited to commit horrendous acts of terror by incitement in Palestinian school textbooks, mosque sermons, Palestinian media, and idol worship of suicide bombers.

"It is not a mistake that the Koran warns us of the hatred of the Jews and put them at the top of the list of the enemies of Islam". - Sheikh Hian Al-Adrisi, Excerpt of address in the al-Aksa mosque (September 29, 2000)

  • The Palestinian leadership has used terrorism and violence as a means to extract more concessions on the negotiating table.





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