Not an occupation!

Not an occupation!

When I think of the word “occupation” what comes to mind is the Russian occupation of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania or the Chinese occupation of Tibet or the Nazi occupation of France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. I do not think of the Israeli responsibility of governing Judea and Samaria, otherwise known as the West Bank. As you remember, the only reason Israel was forced into Judea and Samaria was when it was attacked by the Judeans and Syrians in a war to drive Israel into the sea.

After the 1967 war, Israel attempted to return these lands to the Arabs but was met with the famous three “Nos” at the Khartoum Conference.

It is unlikely that there will be a resolution and peaceful settlement between Israel and the Arabs as long as the Arab leaders will find it personally profitable to maintain this status quo, and as long as they are afraid of being beheaded by the more radical elements in their society.