Following the end of the British Mandate in Palestine, the Arab League rejected peace proposals and attacked the nascent State of Israel. Though they failed in their goal of a “momentous massacre,” the Jordanian Army seized a portion of Judea and Samaria which it dismissively termed the “West Bank,” as well as East Jerusalem, including the site of the Holy Temple first built by King Solomon. The Jordanians ethnically cleansed all Jews from that territory, and it remained Judenrein until Israel, defending itself against a third Arab war of aggression in 1967, ended the Jordanian occupation and the racist exclusion of Jews.
“There is nothing more natural than recognizing the inalienable right of Jews to live in Judea,” said Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, Eastern Regional Vice President of the CJV, who plans to move to Modi’in, Israel, later this summer. “My new home is in a community straddling the Benjamin mountain range in Samaria. Why shouldn’t Israel extend its sovereignty to a territory where, any reasonable person would concede, Israel has already exercised sovereignty for more than 53 years? We should say ‘enough’ to both Israeli indecisiveness and Arab rejectionism.”
The CJV noted that the communities in question have hundreds of thousands of residents, many of whom have lived there for decades. In addition, successive US Administrations have confirmed that these towns and cities would remain part of Israel in any conceivable peace agreement – and thus objection to Israeli sovereignty simply holds these Jewish communities hostage to the intransigence of the Palestinian Authority, which has consistently refused any proposed final peace agreement with the world’s only Jewish-majority country.