Israel & Jordan dividing Judea & Samaria is the key to peace

November 1, 2021 by David Singer
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Two Australian politicians from Australia’s two major political parties – one of them Australia’s former Ambassador to Israel and Government backbencher Dave Sharma – have embarked on a trip to fantasyland in a rare show of bipartisan solidarity that has nothing to do with Australian domestic policy – but involves the “Palestinian People”.

Sharma (Liberal Party) seconded a motion by Chris Hayes (Australian Labor Party) which includes the following paragraphs:

The motion included the following paragraphs:

That this House:

(1) notes that 29 November 2021 is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People as declared by the United Nations in 1977;

(2) recognises the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to self determination and a future built on peace, dignity, justice and security;

Their hyperlinking of “Palestinian People” clarifies who these two politicians are talking about:

The Palestinian people (Arabic: الشعب الفلسطيني‎, ash-sha‘b al-Filasṭīnī), also referred to as Palestinians (Arabic: الفلسطينيون‎, al-FilasṭīniyyūnHebrew: פָלַסְטִינִים‎) or Palestinian Arabs (Arabic: الفلسطينيين العرب‎, al-Filasṭīniyyīn al-ʿarab), are an ethnonational group comprising the modern descendants of the peoples who have lived in Palestine continuously over the centuries and who today are largely culturally and linguistically Arab.

This definition is fabricated – ignoring history, geography and demography by falsely claiming the existence of a Palestinian People with roots purportedly going back 3000 years ago when the Jewish People entered the Promised Land – rather than to the year 1964 – when the term “Palestinians” was first defined.

History is clear:

  • The League of Nations 1922 Mandate for Palestine only recognised the Arab inhabitants of Palestine as forming   part of “the existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine” whose civil and religious rights irrespective of race or religion were to be protected without any political rights to self-determination.
  • The 1947 United Nations Partition Plan only spoke of two states – one Jewish, the other Arab – not a Palestinian State.



  • The Palestine Liberation Organisation – the sole spokesman for the Palestinian Arabs recognised by the Arab League since 1974 – defined the term “Palestinians” for the first time in history in its founding 1964 Charter:


Article 1. Palestine is an Arab homeland bound by strong national ties to the rest of the Arab Countries and which together form the large Arab homeland.

Article 2. Palestine with its boundaries at the time of the British Mandate is a regional indivisible unit.

Article 3. The Palestinian Arab people has the legitimate right to its homeland and is an inseparable part of the Arab Nation. It shares the sufferings and aspirations of the Arab Nation and its struggle for freedom, sovereignty, progress and unity.

Article 6. The Palestinians are those Arab citizens who were living normally in Palestine up to 1947, whether they remained or were expelled. Every child who was born to a Palestinian parent after this date whether in Palestine or outside is a Palestinian.

Palestine’s boundaries at the time of the British Mandate (1920-1948) included Transjordan – 78% of the Mandate territory – until Transjordan became independent in 1946.

Following the invasion and conquest of Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem by Transjordan in 1948: Transjordan was renamed Jordan in 1949  and unified with these conquered territories  on 24 April 1950 until their loss to Israel in 1967 .

Two States exist in former Palestine today: one Jewish – called Israel – the other – Arab – called Jordan.

The key to achieving peace is Jordan’s return to the heavily-populated Arab areas of Judea and Samaria – restoring Jordanian citizenship to its Arab residents as existed between 1950 and 1988.

Sharma and Hayes hold different opinions – but their opinions – based on fiction rather than fact – are nothing more than meaningless mumbo jumbo made by grandstanding politicians.

David Singer is a Sydney lawyer and a foundation member of the International Analysts Network

Author’s note: The cartoon — commissioned exclusively for this article — is by Yaakov Kirschen aka “Dry Bones”- one of Israel’s foremost political and social commentators — whose cartoons have graced the columns of Israeli and international media publications for decades.


2 Responses to “Israel & Jordan dividing Judea & Samaria is the key to peace”
  1. Paul Winter says:

    Jordan has no business in any part of Israel. It occupied Judea, Samaria and the eastern part of Jerusalem illegally and was expelled by Israel in a defensive war. As I have repeatedly written in response to David Singer, Jordan is unstable, its ruler is hostile to Israel and his throne is shaky and the PA will not give up its perks. No Arab nation can be allowed to command the heights overlooking Israel’s centre, not can the passes in the Judean Hills come under Arab control. The idea of peace has been killed by the local jihadi kleptocrats. Israel will have peace when the jihadis are incentivised by Jews to join their Arab kin in fulfillment of Article 1 of the Palestinian Charter and the modernisers can join with their Jewish cousins in building their country.

    • David Singer says:


      Your fears are unfounded.

      Any agreement between Israel and Jordan would require the demilitarization of the Area of Judea and Samaria to be reunified with Jordan.

      The PLO has agreed to demilitarization – so this requirement should also be acceptable to Jordan

      If not – the conflict will continue and another opportunity to resolve it will be squandered by Arab rejectionism which has been the constant refrain of this 100 year unresolved war.

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