Bennett Tells It Like It Is - Annex Judea & Samaria

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As hard reality and not far-fetched fantasies about peace resulting from a "two-state solution" become more mainstream within Israeli society and the body politic, we are hearing more and more calls for annexation of Judea and Samaria, either in its entirety, or in part.

As reported in Arutz Sheva, Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) has just called upon the Israeli government to annex Judea and Samaria, extending Israeli law to the 450,000 citizens living there ('Don't fret global opposition, annex Judea and Samaria now'.)

Bennett made his statement following several anti-Israel resolutions passed by UNESCO, denying any Jewish connection to Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, and even the Kotel, the Western Wall.

"It's time to apply Israeli law on Judea and Samaria. We're 50 years on in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem [since the Six Day War]. It's time that 450,000 Israelis are treated equally. They serve in the army, they pay taxes, they're part and parcel of Israel. It's time for normalcy. It's time to apply Israeli sovereignty on Judea and Samaria." 

Bennett added that while he understands the concerns some Israelis feel regarding the possible international backlash to such a move, there are precedents for annexation.

"Menachem Begin in 1981 did the same thing for the Golan Heights. Eshkol in '67 did the same thing in Jerusalem. And there was always a world [that opposed it]. But there was the will power and the courage to do it, and we need to do what's right for Israelis, for the Jews, and that's the right thing."

Regarding recent UNESCO resolutions dismissing Jewish historical ties to Jerusalem, the Education Minister said the root of the problem was the failure of Israel to clearly express Jewish rights to the historic Land of Israel.

"That's what happens when we don't treat our own land as ours. The UNESCO resolution is an attempt to deny history. But you know what? You cannot change history. Israel is ours for well over 3,000 years. It will be ours - Jerusalem is ours - but it's time to apply Israeli law to Judea and Samaria."

At the same time, a rally was held in front of the Knesset, demanding that Israel annex Ma'aleh Adumim, as a way to preserve a united Jerusalem. The community is only a ten minute drive from Jerusalem.

Israeli MKs call to annex Ma'aleh Adumim to save Jerusalem.

Several notable Members of Knesset attended the rally and made the following statements:

Tzipi Hotovely: "The answer to the international battle over Jerusalem is to impose sovereignty over Ma'aleh Adumim, to ensure a united and developing Jerusalem."

Yoav Kisch: "We are continuing the path of past Israeli leaders who stood at the forefront of Zionism for all its years. Now its our turn to be Zionist leaders." 

Shuli Moalem-Refaeli: "The time had come for Ma'eleh Adumim residents to have the same rights as those who live within Israel's sovereign borders."

Bezalel Smotrich: The annexation talk is not a "warning campaign" but an initiative that would succeed. "The time has come to be normal."

But naturally, the world is against this idea and wants to shrink Israel back to the indefensible pre-1967 armistice line: UN investigator to Israel: Give PA complete control of Area C.

Candian UNHRC investigator Michael Lynk stated that Israel must give full control over Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Authority.

"Allow the Palestinian Authority to assume security control in Area B and civil and security control in Area C so as to end the geographic fragmentation of the occupied Palestinian territory," Lynk said.

We prefer to oppose Lynk's statement and agree with MK Smotrich, who said simply yet profoundly, "The time has come."