Benjamin Netanyahu and Mike Pompeo joined together in the heartland of Judea and Samaria in a show of solidarity with the leadership of the settlement movement. The most maligned group in the Middle East today by people all over the world are the true heroes – the settlers of Judea and Samaria. As opposed to what the anti-Israel haters claim incessantly, the settlers are actually the most important part of the puzzle of attaining peace and tranquility in the Middle East. How?
For many decades, the Arab leadership within the borders of the State of Israel have cried bloody murder about how their lands have been stolen by Jewish settlers. This is a lie – on multiple levels. Nearly all of the Land that lies west of the Jordan River that Israel liberated in 1967 was occupied by Jordan between 1948 and 1967. Before that it was occupied by the British Empire under the British Mandate, and before that it was occupied by the Ottoman Empire – for hundreds of years. Nearly ALL of the Land that is disputed lay empty – until the Jewish resettlement campaign began following the Six Day War. More than 95% of the Land was not settled by Arabs or Jewish – it was just empty.
But according to nearly all historical records and countless archaeological finds, the Jewish people are the indigenous people who lived in the entire Land of Israel, including the disputed areas, for more than 1,500 years. So, the only people who have a true, historical claim on the Land are the Jewish people. The only true illegal occupiers were the Jordanians and the British. But today, the success of the settlement movement in bringing more than 500,000 people to live and raise generations of Jewish families in the disputed areas has forced the anti-Israel position into a point where they are arguing about something that is already an indisputable fact – the Jews have returned – and for good.
Only the BDS movement still wants to destroy the entire State of Israel. But reasonable people know that with the advent of the Jewish State and the buildup of the Israel Defense Forces, the Jewish people have once and for all stopped being the punching bag for Jew haters. The haters can yell and scream, but if they try to kill Jews, they know that they have signed their own death warrant. The Jewish people is alive and well in the Land of Israel. Netanyahu and Pompeo understand this well.