It is so sad how very “tunnel-visioned” some Jews are. Those who support J Street, in particular, are completely misguided in their understanding of Israel.
In the first place, there is no such thing as a “Palestinian.” Palestina was a name the Romans foisted on the Jews to debase them as they were destroying the Temple. Later on, the area of Israel, including the so-called “West Bank,” was called Palestine. The Arabs who ran away in 1948 to that area named themselves Palestinians. If anyone is Palestinian, it is the Jews.
Many times throughout the 20th century the “Palestinians” were offered their own state, which they declined. In 1920, when France and Britain redivided the Middle East, Trans-Jordan was carved out as place for the “Palestinians.”
The “West Bank” is Judea and Samaria. Judea and Samaria are part of the ancient homeland of Israel and belonged to no one but the Jews. It is where our forefathers and foremothers are buried.
Efrat and all the other cities in Judea and Samaria are not settlements. They are cities with homes, schools, businesses, and industry. In order for this piece of land to be considered “occupied,” it would have had to be taken over, as when the Nazis occupied France during World War II. Israel recaptured the land that belonged to them in 1967 and allowed the Palestinians who were there to remain instead of shipping them to Trans-Jordan. Living within Israeli borders, they have prospered. The PA, however, incites them to kill, stab, and run over any Jew they see because the PA does not want its own state; rather, it wants Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem.
Let’s get real. There was no peace before 1967 when it had nothing to do with “territories.” It had to do with getting the Jews out of the Middle East. Nasser said before the 1967 war that he would drive all the Jews into the sea. It has continued ever since. Pulling out of territories never worked. The Palestinians have conceded nothing. Does this sound like a partner for peace?