The Palestinian Problem...Why Israel needs to govern

Steven LeBlanc

07182014

This past week Tablet Magazine published an article by David Goldman titled “Between the Settlers and the Unsettlers, the One-State Solution Is on Our Doorstep,” in which he argues that Israel will have to apply its sovereignty over Judea and Samaria because the Palestinians are incapable of governing themselves. It reminds us once again that the descendants of Ishmael are highly independent, and given to fighting one another and others —And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him—Genesis 16:12.

It is a perceptive article because it recognizes a 2 state solution is a fantasy that would not last—the Palestinians refuse to govern themselves. Below is the excerpt from the article which can be read in full at: http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/177456/settlers-one-state-solution?all=1#

I have added the underlines to emphasize certain valuable insights:

As a non-Israeli, I do not wish to recommend a particular course of action to Israel’s government. But the notion that the Palestinians could stay clear of the riptide that has engulfed their neighbors was fanciful to begin with and has now been trampled by events. Over the past two decades, since the Oslo agreements were signed, the Palestine Authority shown little ability to govern anything. After Egypt’s military government suppressed the Muslim Brotherhood, it turned viciously against the Brotherhood’s Palestinian wing, Hamas, and blockaded Gaza. If the PA were capable of ruling the West Bank, it would have allied with Egypt and Saudi Arabia to further isolate Hamas: Instead the PA formed a national unity government with Hamas. Events have shown that the PA cannot rule without Hamas, and it cannot rule with Hamas; it can neither support nor suppress terrorism on the West Bank. The inability of the Palestine Authority to govern, the inability of Hamas to distance itself from its patron in Tehran, and the collapse of the surrounding states eventually will require Israel to assume control over the West Bank. This time the Israelis will stay.

Israel can’t rely on the PA to conduct counterterrorism operations against Hamas, its coalition partner. Israel’s border with the Hashemite Kingdom in the Jordan Valley, meanwhile, has become a strategic pivot. ISIS is now operating in strength at the common border of Israel, Syria, Jordan, and occupied Iraqi-Syrian border towns close to the common frontier with Jordan. Jordan’s own security requires a strong IDF presence on its western border.

When Israel absorbs Judea and Samaria—and it is a when, not an if—the chancelleries of the West will wag their fingers, and the Gulf States will breathe a sigh of relief.

Israeli authority will replace the feckless regime of the Palestine Authority in order to maintain public order and ensure that the electricity works, and the roads are secure, and that bands of jihadist marauders or Shiite terrorists do not massacre entire villages; this action will elicit the reflex condemnation from bored and dispirited Western diplomats. The realization of the Zionist dream will then be consummated not with a bang, but a whimper; the bangs will be much louder elsewhere.

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