There has been a lot of hysteria in the news lately about Israeli building in “Palestinian territory”- specifically, the Israeli announcement that 3000 housing units would be built between Jerusalem and the town of Ma’ale Adumim, on the hill known as E1. Please note – the mere announcement that Israel would build these apartments (construction of which wouldn’t even begin for at least another two years) is apparently a death blow to the Peace Process (what f*****g Peace Process?! The “Palestinians” strangled it in its infancy), because (so the “Palestinians” claim), it will cut the “occupied West Bank” in two, cut off access between the West Bank and “occupied East Jerusalem” which the “Palestinians” hope to make their capital, and cut off access between the “Palestinian” cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem. Thus, it is claimed (and the U.S. and E.U. have apparently bought into that lie), it will sabotage the chances of a “viable Palestinian state”.
Furthermore, it seems that Israel’s announcement that it will, in future, build homes for Israeli families on the hill known as E1 is apparently a “death blow” to hopes of a two-state solution, but Hamas threats to wipe out Israel and that not one Jew will be allowed to remain – not to mention constant missile attacks on Israeli towns, and terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians – are merely “unhelpful”!
I could write a whole article now on the one-sidedness of the European reaction, but that can wait for another time.
Let’s get back to the question of E1, shall we, and examine the claims?
It will cut the West Bank in half.
False! Take a look at the map prepared by Honest Reporting, in which we can clearly see that the “waistline” of the proposed “Palestinian” state, between the north and south parts of the West Bank, is no narrower than the “waistline” at Israel’s narrowest point within the pre-1967 borders (to which Israel is expected to return under the proposed peace terms). If Israel can live with that, why can’t the “Palestinians”?
It will cut off access between the West Bank and Jerusalem.
False! Once again, take a look at the map! Doesn’t anyone learn how to read maps these days?
It will cut off access between Ramallah and Bethlehem.
False again! There’s room aplenty for “Palestinians” travelling from Ramallah to Bethlehem and vice versa, to bypass Ma’ale Adumim – and that’s assuming that any future peace treaty doesn’t make provision for safe passage through Israeli territory, as indeed will be necessary for Palestinians and others travelling between the West Bank and Gaza. Yes, folks – people seem to have forgotten that the “Palestinian” enclave in the Gaza Strip is separated from the West Bank by an internationally-recognized border. Supposing Israel were to withdraw today from all territory “occupied” in the 1967 Six Day War and the “Palestinians” were to proclaim their state in those two non-contiguous territories. Would the next step then not be a demand that Israel permit “Palestinians” to enter her own internationally-recognized sovereign territory, in order to pass from one part of “Palestine” to another?
And now to my final question. Supposing that the proposed building were indeed to cut off East Jerusalem from the West Bank (which, as I demonstrated, it does not) and that the “Palestinians” were unable to have Jerusalem as their capital. Supposing they were obliged to have their seat of government in Ramallah, as they do now? Why would that make their state any the less viable?