Most Israelis Favor Annexing Parts of Judea and Samaria

September 20, 2011
(h/t 911) A “New Wave” poll reveals most Israelis favor annexing at least parts of Judea and Samaria if the PA wins unilateral recognition at the UN A “New Wave” poll reveals that nearly two-thirds of Israelis favor annexing at least parts of Judea and Samaria if the Palestinian Authority wins unilateral recognition at the United Nations.
. The poll, carried out for the national camp of the Likud party headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, covered a sample of all Israelis, implicitly including Arabs with Israel citizenship.

In response to the question, “Do you support Israel annexing areas in reaction to the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state?” 37.3 percent of the respondents said that Israel should make all Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria a part of the sovereign state instead of leaving them under military rule, which is their current status. Slightly more than 12 percent favored annexing only large Jewish population centers, such as Maaleh Adumim, east of Jerusalem, and Ariel, a city in central Samaria. In addition, 11.6 percent of the respondents said they would support annexing communities in areas they consider crucial for security, such as those in proximity to Ben Gurion Airport, metropolitan Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. A majority – 56 percent – also said that unilateral recognition of the Palestinian Authority as an independent country would endanger the State of Israel. A separate New Wave poll, carried for the Yisrael HaYom newspaper, revealed that 71.3 of Israelis fear that Egypt will return to being a confrontational country with Israel. (Arutz Sheva).

What choice is there?


Joe Walsh Israeli resolution being prepared

September 8, 2011

Palestine breaking Oslo presents a rare opportunity. The only losers in this situation would be those who think peace is possible with Arabs.

(Politico) …Walsh is moving forward with his resolution after meeting last month in Israel with Danny Danon, a deputy speaker of the Knesset and Likud Party member known for criticizing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu from the right. Earlier this year, Danon introduced a bill that would annex all of “Area C,” a large portion of the West Bank [AKA Judea and Samaria] that includes Jewish settlements and rural lands but would spare the largest Palestinian cities. Danon’s now leading a campaign to pressure Netanyahu to move forward with the unilateral annexation. Walsh, who said he’d been considering a similar measure before arriving in Israel in August, confirmed that he and Danon “bounced some ideas off each other” on the resolution. Danon argued in a New York Times op-ed earlier this year that a request from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas [AKA Abu Mazen] for a U.N. statehood declaration would amount to a nullification of the Oslo Accords, which dictate that “neither side shall initiate or take any step that will change the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip pending the outcome of the permanent status negotiations.” That means the country would be free to annex unilaterally, he wrote. In the op-ed, Danon downplayed the potential international consequences by pointing to past Israeli annexations as evidence the country could withstand international condemnation.