Monday, January 09, 2006

Jewish non-state entity in Judea and Samaria

Remarkable news from World Net Daily. Westbank Jewish Settlers are gearing up to create an alternative Jewish, non-state authority in the area outside the 1948 borders:

The Judea Initiative, led by northern Samaria resident Yekutel Ben Yaacov, is seeking to gather signatures from Judea and Samaria's nearly 200,000 Jews for a manifesto declaring the creation of a sovereign Jewish authority that would govern itself independently according to Jewish law and would provide its own security.

Most of these area's are very near to cities inside the Green Line (the 1948 border). Mostly near Jerusalem.

"Legally it's a no-man's land. The Palestinians used that status to create their own authority, so there is absolutely no reason the Jews can't do the same thing." says Ben Yaakov.

The area was taken by force of arms by Jordan in 1948. In 1967 Israel captured the area. In 1988 Jordan RENOUNCED the area and withdrew its claims to the area. Under the 1995 Oslo accords the State of Israel is withdrawing from the area, not claiming territorial rights of the area. In the vacuum the Palestinian Authority is trying to claim authority, but the PA has no legals status as a state and many of the areas are in a state of anarchy, with Palestinian clans fighting for power.

Sharon has formed Kedima, a new party that wants to dismantle the Westbank settlements. But if Israel can withdraw from Palestinian populations it can also withdraw from Jewish populations in this disputed area.

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