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Strengthening Israel's Sovereignty: Extending Israeli Law to Judea and Samaria

Updated: Nov 5, 2023

by Ram ben Ze'ev (Conservative Values)


Strengthening Israel's Sovereignty: Extending Israeli Law to Judea and Samaria
Strengthening Israel's Sovereignty: Extending Israeli Law to Judea and Samaria

Following yesterday's unprovoked attack upon Israel, by Arabs in Gaza and further subsequent attacks from the North, originating in Lebanon, I write to restate my long-held opinion that aligning Israeli law with all areas of Judea and Samaria is a necessary step forward.


The Israeli-Arab conflict has been a deeply entrenched issue for decades, with disputes over territory at the heart of the matter. One area that continues to be a source of contention is Judea and Samaria, briefly known as the "West Bank" during the unlawful Arab invasion that lasted from the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948, until 1967.


Judea and Samaria hold immense historical and cultural significance for the Jewish people. These regions are home to several biblical sites, including Hebron, Bethlehem, and Shechem, which are integral to Jewish identity. By extending Israeli law to these areas, Israel reaffirms its historical connection to the land, acknowledging the ancient Jewish presence that predates any modern political disputes.


One of the primary concerns for Israel is its national security. Extending Israeli law to Judea and Samaria would allow for greater control over these territories, enabling Israel to implement security measures more effectively. This move could help prevent the proliferation of illegal arms, curbing the potential for violence and terrorism.


Incorporating all areas of Judea and Samaria under Israeli law will have positive economic ramifications for the people living there. Israel has a robust and diverse economy, with advanced technology sectors, agriculture, and tourism. By extending Israeli law, these regions will benefit from the economic infrastructure and opportunities available in Israel proper. This integration could lead to increased employment, improved infrastructure, and a higher standard of living for residents.


Extending Israeli law would also mean improved infrastructure and access to essential services for residents of Judea and Samaria. Israeli authorities are well-equipped to manage public services such as education, healthcare, and transportation. By extending these services to the region, residents would experience a marked improvement in their overall quality of life.


Contrary to the perception that extending Israeli law would exacerbate tensions, it could potentially lead to greater coexistence between Israelis and Arabs. Many Israelis and Arabs work together in various capacities within Israel proper, fostering a sense of shared community. Extending Israeli law to Judea and Samaria could provide a framework for a more integrated, mutually beneficial relationship between both populations.


Extending Israeli law to Judea and Samaria could also strengthen Israel's position in future negotiations. By demonstrating control over these territories, Israel would be in a better position to negotiate from a standpoint of strength. This could potentially lead to more productive discussions aimed at achieving a lasting and mutually acceptable resolution to the Israeli-Arab conflict.


Jerusalem, often considered the heart of Israel, is a city of great spiritual and cultural importance to Jews and Muslims. Extending Israeli law to Judea and Samaria helps maintain the unity of Jerusalem, ensuring it remains under Israeli sovereignty. This move is essential for safeguarding access to Jewish religious sites.


Extending Israeli law to all areas of Judea and Samaria is a multifaceted decision that holds the potential for positive outcomes on various fronts. By recognizing the historical and cultural significance of these territories, enhancing security measures, and promoting economic development, Israel can work towards a more stable and prosperous future. Moreover, this step will foster a climate of coexistence and strengthen Israel's position in future negotiations. Ultimately, aligning Israeli law with Judea and Samaria represents a viable pathway toward achieving lasting peace and stability in the region.


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Bill White (Ram ben Ze'ev) is CEO of WireNews and Executive Director of Hebrew Synagogue



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