Over the last few weeks, the Committee for the Application of Israeli Sovereignty Over Judea and Samaria, founded by Women in Green, has been holding a series of conferences throughout the country in order to disseminate the concept of applying Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria. See links to videos below.
The committee explains that the conferences, which have been reverberating and gaining increasingly widespread support, are being held "out of the responsibility to keep the Land of Israel in our possession".
"In addition to the Prime Minister's statements regarding his plan to promote the idea of two states for two peoples, i.e. renunciation of the heart of the country, a document detailing dozens of Arab construction projects on state lands in Judea and Samaria, in area 'C' Territories of all places, that the Civil Administration has approved, was exposed; these projects include supposedly: 7 Arab cities and towns, 2 airports, dozens of public buildings, an advanced high-tech industrial park, and more. This expose further demonstrates the need to apply sovereignty, before we find ourselves facing a quietly established, de facto Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria, G-d forbid", say the heads of the committee.
Hundreds of people from all over the country attended the aforementioned conferences, "yearning to hear a Right-wing political plan, and expressing outrage that the Prime Minister has embraced the Left-wing's plan", said the organizers of the events.
'Women in Green' heads Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar said: "The Arabs understand that he who controls the land, the soil, is the true sovereign. They operate in this spirit and occupy more and more plots in an agricultural Jihad, as well as political and public diplomacy Jihads, both in Israel and abroad. Israel, in a suicidal mode, relinquishes its cultural and historical heritage, time after time; it gives up parts of the homeland, and on the other hand, each concession invites further concessions".
Many of the participants in the conferences expressed satisfaction over the fact that the Right-wing has a political plan that preserves the Land of Israel, and that the idea of applying sovereignty has risen in the public discourse as well the media. This is in contrast to the past, when the discourse focused only on a two state solution, which has proven its tragic failure over the last 20 years. "It is clear to everyone that implementing the sovereignty plan is not simple, and that it will be accompanied by many serious dilemmas, but the alternative of two states for two peoples or the continuation of the current situation are both far worse and far more dangerous", say the Committee for the Application of Sovereignty.
It should be noted that among the members of the committee include leading figures, such as: Geula Cohen, Yossi Ben Aharon, Yoram Ettinger, Caroline Glick, Eran Bar Tal, Dr. Moti Kedar, Yehudit Katsover, Nadia Matar, and others.
Below are links to some of the lectures that were given at the conferences. These lectures address different angles of the issue of sovereignty in Judea and Samaria:
- Adv. Yoram Sheftel in Hebrew
- Former Ambassador Yoram Ettinger in English
- Prof. Martin Sherman in English
Article courtesy of Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar
Women For Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green)
POB 7352, Jerusalem 91072, Israel
Some Other Articles this year on the Sovereignty Issue
80 Percent of Israelis Want Sovereignty over Judea
By Y. Katsover and N. Matar
April 25, 2013
According to the poll, some 80 percent of the respondents believe that Israel should apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, under whatever conditions. Of those, more than a third of the Israeli public is of the opinion that Israel has to apply sovereignty over all Judea and Samaria, while almost a quarter believes that it should be applied only over the settlement blocs. "We call upon the government of Israel to heed the voices that arise from the people. The government has a golden opportunity to demonstrate a true Zionist pioneering spirit and lead the public a step forward on its way to its political and security redemption."
The Delusion of Peace (Israel)
By Yishai Karov
February 15, 2013
"Today, many understand that the 'two states' slogan is a lie. The public is ready for the alternative: the application of Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria." Geulah Cohen negated the fear raised in certain circles of the response by the world, primarily the United States. "When I initiated the Jerusalem and Golan Law, it was threatened that the sun would not rise the next day. With G-d's help, the sun continues to rise, the skies didn't fall, and so it will be, with G-d's help, when Israel will apply its sovereignty over Judea and Samaria."
A View From The Hills: Mainstreaming annexation (Samaria and Judea)
By Josh Hasten
January 16, 2013
"Application of Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria," drew over 1,000 diverse attendees, from college students, journalists and bloggers to veteran activists and pensioners, and was held in a jam-packed, standing room-only Jerusalem hall, featuring some of most influential government leaders and policy makers in Israel today. To put it simply, while just several years ago annexing Judea and Samaria seemed liked an implausible, unrealistic, or even taboo suggestion, today the concept of establishing Jewish sovereignty over all of the land from the River to the Sea has grown into an entire movement
[Judea and Samaria] From "Occupation" to sovereignty
by Ofra Lax
January 7, 2013
Annexing Judea and Samaria: The speakers discussed the practical aspects of applying sovereignty: How it should be done, what the status of the Arabs in Judea and Samaria will be, and what are the anticipated reactions from the Arab and Western worlds. The Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, Yuli Edelstein, also mentioned that even the application of sovereignty over Jerusalem, decades ago, did not make the world accept construction in all parts of the city, so there is no reason to worry about the international response.
Drive to Annex Judea and Samaria Full Steam Ahead
By Hillel Fendel
January 7, 2013
Annexing Judea and Samaria: The drive to apply Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria -- all or parts thereof -- is now a bona-fide, full-blown national drive, with the support of government ministers, Knesset Members and candidates, academics, and members of the media. Talk of a two-state solution, while widely prevalent, is largely irrelevant.
Third Sovereignty Conference - Samaria and Judea
by Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar
January 3, 2013
The political vacuum in Judea and Samaria - a vacuum has existed for 45 years and leaves a state of uncertainty. "This vacuum fosters the hopes of the Arabs for the establishment of a state in these areas, fans the flames of intifadas and terror, and brings international pressures on Israel with the demand for political concessions. The time has come to put an end to this vacuum, and to apply Israeli sovereignty. The time is ripe for this because of: the flourishing settlement enterprise that comprises some 400,000 inhabitants in about 250 blooming settlements; the people's understanding that concessions weaken our stand and bring the terror of Grads and Katushas to the center of the country; and the Edmund Levy report unequivocally establishing that Judea and Samaria are not occupied territory, and that the settlements have legal standing."