Jordan/West Bank reunification key to peace in Jerusalem

May 9, 2022 by David Singer
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Separating Jews and Arabs in former Palestine– first decreed by the League of Nations 100 years ago under article 25 of the Mandate for Palestine and subsequently endorsed by the United Nations in its 1947 Partition Plan – has become even more urgent following:

  • the outpouring of rabid Jew-hatred emanating from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem during Ramadan
  • three Jewish fathers being murdered – leaving 16 Jewish children fatherless – and seven more Jews being wounded – in an axe and knife-wielding bloodbath perpetrated by two Arabs

Violent Arab riots against Jews first occurred in 1920 and 1921.

Secretary of State for the Colonies – Winston Churchill – in his White Paper dated 3 June 1922 -had sought to allay Arab fears of a Jewish takeover of all of Palestine

“Unauthorized statements have been made to the effect that the purpose in view is to create a wholly Jewish Palestine. Phrases have been used such as that Palestine is to become “as Jewish as England is English.” His Majesty’s Government regard any such expectation as impracticable and have no such aim in view. Nor have they at any time contemplated, as appears to be feared by the Arab delegation, the disappearance or the subordination of the Arabic population, language, or culture in Palestine. They would draw attention to the fact that the terms of the [Balfour -ed]Declaration referred to do not contemplate that Palestine as a whole should be converted into a Jewish National Home, but that such a Home should be founded `in Palestine.’”

As a result – Article 25 was inserted in the Mandate adopted by the League of Nations on 24 July 1922:

  • Restricting the reconstitution of the Jewish National Home after 3000 years in just 22% of Palestine located west of the Jordan River – today called Israel, Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and Gaza –
  • Granting Arab self-determination in the remaining 78% of Palestine located east of the Jordan River – today called Jordan.

The Jews accepted – albeit reluctantly – article 25’s inclusion in the Mandate.

The Arabs never did – demanding 100% of Palestine – not the 78% they were allocated under article 25

100 years later:

  • Israel exercises sovereignty in 17% of former Palestine
  • Jordan exercises sovereignty in 78% of former Palestine
  • Sovereignty in 5% of former Palestine west of the Jordan River – Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and Gaza – remains unallocated.

According to a recent poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research:

  • 32% of Palestinian Arabs living in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and Gaza support one state west of the Jordan River with equal rights for Jews and Arabs
  • 44% think that armed struggle is the most effective means of ending the “Israeli occupation”

This proposed one-state solution – bringing Arabs and Jews together – is only agreed to by 10% of Israelis.

However an alternative one-state solution that separates Jews and Arabs – reducing conflict- is feasible and involves:

Direct negotiations between Jordan and Israel – the two successor states to the Mandate for Palestine -to redraw their current international border – which would result in:

  • Gaza – plus the heavily-populated Arab areas of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) as existed between 1950 and 1967 – becoming part of Jordan

  • the heavily-populated Jewish areas of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) becoming part of Israel

  • no Arab or Jew having to leave his current home

  • Jordan being affirmed as Custodian of the Islamic Holy Shrines in Jerusalem

  • Freedom of worship in Jerusalem for Jews, Christians and Moslems

The League of Nations and United Nations mutually-agreed destination – one Jewish State and one Arab state in former Palestine – will have finally been reached.

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 “Jordan/West Bank reunification key to peace in Jerusalem”
  1. Paul Winter says:

    Oh my God, the same tedious twaddle again!

    Jordan is an unstable regime where the monarch is afraid of his subjects and likely to be overthrown by the jihadi relatives of clans in Jude and Samaria. Give this two faced tyrant a say in Israel? Never.

    Israel was attacked by “Palestinians” and Jordanians and prevailed. Israel must set the terms of peace. And of punishing the aggressors.

    Jordan must reinstate the citizenships of “Palestinians” in Judea and Samaria. Those Arabs can continue to live there as long as they behave. Any jihad acitiivty and they and their families to go trans-Jordan.

    Israel must act like a sovereign nation, not the vassal state of the world.

    • DAVID SINGER says:


      You state: “The same tedious twaddle again”?

      Any twaddle is contained in your following comments:

      1. “Jordan is an unstable regime” : It is now in its 100th year of being ruled by the Hashemites. Its current ruler’s imminent overthrow has been breathlessly trumpeted for at least the last 10 years and he is shortly to meet Biden in the White House. When do you think he is likely to be overthrown?

      2. “Give this two faced tyrant a say in Israel? .Never” : There is a 1994 peace treaty between Israel and Jordan which recognises Jordan’s custodianship of the Moslem Holy Shrines in Jerusalem. Do you want to see that peace treaty ripped up?

      3. “Jordan must reinstate the citizenships of “Palestinians” in Judea and Samaria. Those Arabs can continue to live there ” : This is precisely what I have stated in my article. Glad to see you endorse it. How can this be achieved without direct negotiations between Israel and Jordan?

      4. “Any jihad activity and they and their families to go to trans-Jordan” : How do you think this can be implemented?

      5. “Israel must act like a sovereign nation” : It is and it does and it will continue to do so. It has just enjoyed its 74th birthday in case you missed the celebration.

      Tachlis – not twaddle – please.

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