“Restoring Jewish sovereignty” is not “West Bank annexation”

April 6, 2020 by David Singer
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Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz have reached a critical point in their negotiations to form a Government of National Unity: whether to seize the opportunity presented by President Trump to restore Jewish sovereignty in Judea and Samaria – the heartland of the ancient and biblical Jewish National Home – after an absence of 3000 years.

Netanyahu wants to do so in tandem with President Trump – immediately a Government of at least 61 members headed by him as Prime Minister is formed. Gantz is not prepared to do so unless the Arab States – notably Jordan – and the international community agree – virtually guaranteeing it will never happen.

The Jewish media do not seem to have grasped this unique opportunity given to the Jewish People to turn a 3000-year-old dream into a miraculous reality.

Using what can only be described as the language of the enemies of the Jewish people – the mainstream Jewish media in Israel and elsewhere have been headlining their reports of the ongoing struggle between Netanyahu and Gantz with very similar headlines:

These Jewish media reports are doing the Jewish People a great disservice.

The correct name of the “West Bank” is “Judea and Samaria” – the geographic place name used for 3000 years until 1950 – when its name was changed by Transjordan following its illegal occupation of Judea and Samaria and the ethnic cleansing of all Jews living there in the 1948 War of Independence. Transjordan and Judea and Samaria were unified into one territorial entity and renamed Jordan. The West Bank was the area of Jordan on the West Bank of the River Jordan. The area on the East Bank of the Jordan River comprised what was formerly Transjordan.

The term “Judea and Samaria” had been recently used in Part II A of the 1947 UN Partition Resolution.

The 1950 change of name to “West Bank” has since been used to mask any Jewish claims or connection to the land. To rub salt into the wound the United Nations now calls it the “Occupied Palestinian Territories”

The term “annexation” connotes taking something to which you have no claim. Yet the 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine included Judea and Samaria as areas in which the Jewish National Home could be “reconstituted”.  This right to do so is preserved today by article 80 of the United Nations Charter.

Language is important.

The Jewish media is letting the Jewish People down at this critical moment in Jewish History. In seeking to underplay the Netanyahu-Gantz divide – the Jewish media is giving ammunition to our enemies to use “West Bank annexation” at every opportunity.

“West Bank annexation” is a distinctly anti-Jewish phrase. “Restoring Jewish sovereignty in Judea and Samaria” states the Jewish case. Four more words for media to include in their headlines and reports that create a very different perception and understanding of what is at stake.

As Jews recount the miracle of the Exodus from Egypt at their Seders this week – think of the miracle Jews may be soon blessed to witness with their own eyes – reclaiming patrimony in the ancient Jewish homeland after 3000 years.

David Singer is a Sydney lawyer and 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. His cartoons can be viewed at Drybonesblog


5 Responses to ““Restoring Jewish sovereignty” is not “West Bank annexation””
  1. Mr. Halas Peter says:

    Your argument makes perfect sense.
    Unfortunately, appeasement seems to be the key to so many people’s thinking.
    The truth matters.
    Chat Sameach to Carol and you and your Family.

  2. Larry Light says:

    Whatever one decides to call the area between Israel and Jordan the key issue is how does Israel plan to deal with the just short of 3 million Palestinians living in the latter area? Forget the semantics and deal with the major human issues here.

    • DAVID SINGER says:

      95% will continue to live where they are in Areas A and B – comprising 40% of Judea and Samaria – under the tyrannicaL and despotic rule of the PLO.

      The other 5 % will continue to live where they are in Area C – comprising 60% of Judea and Samaria – as Israeli citizens or residents in the 30% of Area C where sovereignty is restored to Israel under the Trump plan – whilst those in the remaining 70% of Area C can only look on and hope they may achieve the same rights one day.

  3. Leon Poddebsky says:

    Over the years I have attempted to point out to people the utter inappropriateness of “annexation” in this context.
    People, however, seem to discount the importance of precision in terminology, not having internalised the propagandistic connotation and denotation of the use of the “a” word.
    Even some Israeli politicians misuse “annexation,” thus presenting on a golden platter a feast of anti-Israel and anti-truth propaganda to antisemitic anti-Zionists-(pardon the tautology.)
    Stay safe from the virus, and wishing you חג פסח כשר ושמח

    • DAVID SINGER says:

      Spot on Leon.

      Israeli media and politicians have succumbed to the “a” word – showing how effective Arab propaganda and brainwashing has been.

      You can excuse the EU and UN who deny the terms of the Mandate for Palestine and the UN Charter to spout the “a” word. They have become avowed Jew-haters who have no hesitation in acting contrary to the terms of article 80 of the UN Charter.

      But Jews?

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