Israel, PLO, Jordan, EU and UN must agree on boundaries of Palestine

February 14, 2019 by David Singer
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Ending the Arab-Jewish conflict over the territory called “historic Palestine” has little chance of success until its territorial boundaries are first agreed between Israel, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Jordan, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN).


Rima Najjar – a retired professor of English literature at Al-Quds University – claims in a recent article that the territory of “historic Palestine” has been subdivided into Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip but is effectively controlled by the Jewish State.

The following facts contradict her assertions:

  • Jordan comprises 78% of the territory of Palestine under the League of Nations 1922 Mandate for Palestine – and Jews were denied the right to reconstitute the Jewish National Home in any part of that area of Palestine under article 25 of the Mandate
  • The Old Testament records that two and a half of the twelve tribes of Israel settled in Jordan and cities of refuge were established by the Israelites in Golan, Ramoth, and Bosor – on the eastern side of the Jordan River – and Kedesh, Nablus, and Hebron – on the western side.
  • Jordan, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza form one indivisible territorial unit under Article 2 of the PLO Charter.
  • Many leading PLO, Jordanian, Arab and Israeli leaders have acknowledged that Jordan formed part of Palestine and that Jordanians and Palestinians are one people – not two.
  • Under the 1993 Oslo Accords and following Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in 2006 – the PLO effectively controls 40% of the West Bank and Hamas effectively controls all of Gaza.
  • Many leading PLO, Jordanian, Arab and Israeli leaders have acknowledged that Jordan formed part of Palestine and that Jordanians and Palestinians are one people – not two.

Najjar’s intention is clear: to misleadingly and deceptively allege that Israel effectively controls 100% of historic Palestine– when Jordan effectively controls 78%.

In fact:

  • Israel currently exercises sovereignty in only 17% of historic Palestine whilst Jordan exercises sovereignty in 78% – leaving competing Arab and Jewish claims to sovereignty in the remaining 5% of historic Palestine– the West Bank and Gaza – to be resolved.
  • The Palestinian Arabs already have their own State in 78% of historic Palestine where not one Jew lives.

Najjar has claimed in an earlier article:

“How deep is the historical illiteracy of Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic Party and Donald Trump and his party?

It is so deep, they are even immune to déjà vu, also known as “cryptomnesia”, which is where history is forgotten but nevertheless stored in the brain.”

Najjar, the UN, EU, even Mahmoud Abbas, are the historical illiterates suffering from cryptomnesia when it comes to determining the boundaries of historic Palestine– having written off the biblical history of “Eretz Yisrael” and the modern day history of “Palestine” between 1917 and 1947.

Najjar has form – having falsely stated in 2017:

“Israel now has sovereignty over all of mandate Palestine.”

Najjar also uttered her historic Palestine canard when calling for Israel’s elimination in 2018:

“The Palestinians have never held the bargaining chips in their tragedy and might as well go for broke – ending the Apartheid Zionist colonial regime in all of historic Palestine.”

Najjar lamented in 2017:

“I don’t know what it means to be Palestinian Jordanian, which is how I began my life …” 

Najjar’s identity crisis disappears once she recognises that Jordan is 78% of historic Palestine.

Until Israel, the PLO, Jordan, the UN and EU all agree on the boundaries of historic Palestine– any hope for ending the 100-years conflict between Arabs and Jews remains a mirage.

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. His cartoons can be viewed at Drybonesblog


4 Responses to “Israel, PLO, Jordan, EU and UN must agree on boundaries of Palestine”
  1. Paul Winter says:

    For goodness sake, why do I need to remind you, yet again, that the international border is the Jordan River. It was created when Trans-Jordan was carved out of the British mandate in 1921. Ignoring legalities for clever politics is wrong and foolish.

    • DAVID SINGER says:


      Borders can be – and have been – redrawn all over the world both by armed force and by agreement.

      Doing it by agreement only needs a team of negotiators from both sides of the border armed with pencils, rubbers and liquid paper.

      Israel’s former Foreign Minister the late Moshe Arens presciently stated on January 11, 1989:

      “Jordan is a Palestinian state. And it is with Jordan that we must decide where the border will run…. Should the border follow the Jordan River, as it does today, or should it be west of the Jordan, as the Jordanians would like?”

      Why not try to see if the Arens proposal can now be achieved 30 years later – after hundreds of thousands of additional dead, wounded and traumatised Jewish and Arab lives have been lost in a never ending conflict that needs to be resolved after 100 years of failure?

  2. Rabbi Pinchos Woolstone says:

    This conflict will not be resolved to the complete satifaction of all the concerned parties in the pre Messianic Era.
    A reduction in the violence coupled with strong economic growth for all citizens is the achiveable goal.

    • DAVID SINGER says:


      A very gloomy prognostication when it comes to dividing up a piece of land once called Palestine – that is about 1.6 times the size of Tasmania – of which 95% has already been done and dusted and renamed Israel and Jordan.

      One can only shake one’s head in amazement that the UN and EU seem to have had no resolve for the last 25 years to get Israel and Jordan to sit down and try to reach agreement on divvying up the last 5% between their two respective states. They should hang their heads in shame.

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