Israeli Sovereignty in Judea and Samaria


In coordination with Jordan, Israel will extend its sovereignty over Judea and Samaria. Arab residents of these areas will become citizens of Jordan (Palestine). Their status, their relationship to the two countries, and the nature of the administration in the populated areas will be formulated and set forth in an agreement between the governments of Israel and Jordan.

From "occupation" to sovereignty
The territories of Judea and Samaria were included in the area of the British Mandate that was intended for the establishment of a National Home for the Jewish people. Since the end of the Mandate, and following the failure of the Partition Plan, these territories did not receive recognized legal status. They were occupied by Jordan in 1948, but this occupation was not recognized under international law. During the Six Day War (1967) Israel occupied these territories and returned them to the Jewish people.
Judea and Samaria represent the heart of Eretz Israel. The central mountain range, with Jerusalem as its heart, reminds us who we are. Here Abraham walked with his son Isaac; here Jacob pitched his tents; here our forefathers drove out the Canaanite nations under the leadership of Joshua Bin Nun. In the hills of Judea and Samaria, there are tens of sanctified sites of historical significance, many of which have not yet been researched.
These territories were under Jordanian sovereignty/ occupation for only 19 years. For more than 40 years, these territories have been under de facto Israeli sovereignty, and there is no impediment to officially and actually annexing them to the State of Israel.
The danger in Palestinian sovereignty
The alternative to Israeli sovereignty is handing over Judea and Samaria to Palestinian or other Arab sovereignty. This would be a strategic catastrophe of the first magnitude. After the Northern region of Israel was paralyzed following the presence of Hezbollah on our Northern border, and after the Western Negev is absorbing a rain of Kassam rockets, it is not difficult to imagine what the Central region – the Sharon, the Dan Bloc, and Jerusalem – will look like when dominated by enemy forces. In such a situation, Israel would become a hostage living in the shadow of a constant threat.
The handing over of Shiloh, Beit El, Bethlehem, and Hebron to foreign hands expresses the Jewish people's rejection of its roots, and leads to a loss of awareness of our rights to the country – a loss transmitting a message of weakness to our enemies, and making us appear to view our presence here as of a temporary nature only.
Handing over Judea and Samaria to foreign hands also means acceptance of Israel's capital, Jerusalem, becoming a border town, surrounded on three sides by territories under Arab sovereignty; and constitutes a fatal blow to the extensive Jewish settlement of Judea and Samaria. These communities exemplify Israel’s national strength and a high level of social and human values, and harm to them – like the destruction of Gush Katif – threatens to cause a grave blow to the morale of Israeli society, the possibility of a national fissure, and radiation of weakness to the Arab world.
Palestinian sovereignty would also threaten Jordan and moderate Arab countries, since such a Palestinian state may be expected to become another outpost of Hamas and Islamic fundamentalism that aspires to undermine the stability of moderate Arab regimes.
There can be no stability without Israeli sovereignty
The considerable vagueness displayed by Israel over the years regarding the future of Judea and Samaria has prevented development of the region and has turned it into a "backyard" and an "abandoned region" in which Jews cannot travel without fear; widespread serious criminal activities are overtly perpetrated and there is total lawlessness regarding the environment. Only the extension of Israeli sovereignty and laws and the actual annexation of the heart of the country to Israel will bring an end to the existence of this "backyard".
Israeli control, of course, also represents the anchor of security stability. IDF presence in the towns of Judea and Samaria, and its consistent and intensive activities in routing terrorist nests has succeeded in almost completely eliminating the terrible acts of suicide bombers that only a few years ago were regarded as a problem for which "there was no military solution." The strength of the IDF – and not Abu Mazen's weak forces – is what is currently preventing Judea and Samaria being turned into an additional "Hamasland" that would threaten Israel as well as the stability of Arab regimes.
The demographic devil
For many years Israel has been deterred from annexing Judea, Samaria and Gaza because of the fear of reducing the Jewish majority within the borders of the State of Israel. The great wave of immigration from the countries of the former Soviet Union, stability in the birth rate of the Jewish sector, and a decreasing birth rate in the Arab sector, have considerably shrunk the "demographic devil" and have turned it from an existential threat to a problem that can be solved.
A comprehensive program for the rehabilitation of refugees, as proposed in the first section of this initiative, will totally remove the demographic threat from the State of Israel as a Jewish State. The extension of Israeli sovereignty to these territories will also bring in its wake a significant change to the composition of the population: The real elimination of the "Green Line" would lead to a more normal distribution of the Jewish population, that would move naturally to the "new" region adjoining the center of the country – only minutes from the Dan Bloc and Jerusalem.
The status of Arab residents of Judea and Samaria
The dismantling of the refugee camps as part of a process of rehabilitation will reduce the Arab population in Judea and Samaria and minimize poverty and over-crowding in Palestinian towns.
The Arab population that will continue to reside inside the new borders of the State of Israel will enjoy full human rights awarded by the State of Israel, but they will possess Jordanian-Palestinian citizenship, and their political rights will be realized in Amman.
There will be limited autonomy in the Arab settlements while day-to-day administration will be under Israel’s authority in a form to be determined in negotiations between Israel and the Kingdom of Jordan.