A snapshot on Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria and the Trump Plan
We find ourselves presently at a most significant time, when a historic decision can be made to apply Israeli sovereignty in parts of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley.
You have probably been exposed in recent weeks to the activites led by the Yesha Council in this regard, and I would like to further brief you on the situation.
A. The Trump Plan that was published in January, includes, for the first time, the agreement of the American government that Israeli law be applied in select parts of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley, but it also includes the possibility of the establishment of a Palestinian state. The plan, as indicated by the map attached to it, presents important opportunities, but also great risks; such as isolated communities, a construction freeze, a sovereign Palestinian state, an influx of “refugees”, consent to waive sovereign Israeli territory in the Arad and Negev areas, and more. We are pleased with the first recognition of the right of the State of Israel to apply sovereignty in the region and believe that it is the government's right and duty to act accordingly. However, in order to prevent future risks, there are red lines that must not be crossed, they include: a Palestinian state, a construction freeze, and the isolation of our existing communities.
For more information on the risk assessment, see:
B. In light of the complicated situation, we embarked on a series of meetings with ministers and Knesset members in order to present to them our assessment, prospects and concerns. Many ministers expressed support and promised to assist. In the process, we have also launched an extensive media and public relations campaign under the banner: DO IT RIGHT! Implement Sovereignty now! With no Palestinian state, no construction freeze, no isolated communities.
The campaign included largescale public awareness and advertising, street signs at major intersections, extensive field activities, briefings and tours, a vigil and press conference outside the government meeting, distribution of informative material along with a detailed map to decision makers and the general public, and more.
The content also went to a dedicated Web site:
We also received media coverage by hundreds of opinion columns and articles. A short selection follows:
C. According to current media reports, discussions are underway between representatives of the Israeli government and the Trump administration on applying sovereignty in stages, in a process that will not harm settlement, freeze construction, or isolate communities.
D. This past week, we embarked on a public campaign to encourage the prime minister to fulfill his promise of the past year to: "apply sovereignty to all communities in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley." In this context, we held vigils outside the homes of ministers and government offices with placards, and purchased street signs and media ads urging the prime minister and government ministers to make good on their promises to apply sovereignty over all Jewish communities in Yesha, rather than succumb to international pressures and agree to only a partial or symbolic move.
E. We are monitoring developments daily in order to safeguard the interests of the State of Israel and its Yesha communities, in order that sovereignty be applied and potential existential risks averted.
We will use all the legal tools at our disposal to promote the application of Israeli law in the region and guarantee our presence here forever.