As Israel debates whether to extend Israeli law to a significant portion of Judea and Samaria, an undercover journalist asks if Muslims prefer life under Israeli sovereignty or life under the Palestinian Authority.
Breitbart (h/t Mike F) Israel’s proposed application of sovereignty in Judea and Samaria constitutes “annexation” or “restoring Jewish sovereignty” in the Jewish people’s biblical heartland after 3000 years. There is a big difference – as College Principal Rabbi Yehoshua Smukler’s article “The myth of Israeli annexation.”
- Judea and Samaria were designated by the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine in 1922 as part of the territory within which the Jewish National Home was to be reconstituted
- the United Nations description of this territory as “Occupied Palestinian Territory” is false and misleading
- Jewish rights to “close settlement” in Judea and Samaria under article 6 of the Mandate are preserved by article 80 of the United Nations Charter.
The Palestinians were interviewed last week on hidden camera by Israeli Channel 13’s Arab Affairs correspondent Zvi Yechezkeli.
Yechezkeli spoke to Palestinians living in “Area C,” the portion of Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”) currently under full Israeli control. Over 100,000 Palestinians living there could become Israeli citizens under the sovereignty plan now being considered by both the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump.
Trump’s Middle East peace plan, unveiled earlier this year, would allow Israel to extend sovereignty to 30% of Area C, which includes all of the Israeli communities of Judea and Samaria, plus the strategically important Jordan River Valley.
Yechezkeli ventured into Area C to learn firsthand what Palestinians believed “in their gut” about the possibility of living under full Israeli sovereignty, where they would likely receive Israeli citizenship and “blue” Israeli identification cards.
The Palestinians he interviewed expressed a strong preference for Israeli annexation, saying that they wanted to earn a living in Israel and praising Israeli society for “law and order” — in contrast to life under Palestinians Authority rule.
Some Palestinians were prepared to speak on a normal video, not a hidden camera. They said that they did not resent Israelis — only their government — and simply wanted to work. A number of them were reportedly arrested by the Palestinian Authority for speaking to Yechezkeli, and daring to criticize the Palestinian government.