Mandate for Palestine - July 24, 1922

Mandate for Palestine - July 24, 1922
Jordan is 77% of former Palestine - Israel, the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and Gaza comprise 23%.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Time for a new initiative


Israel needs to articulate some coherent policy stance to try and break the present impasse in the Middle East.

There is a way forward.

It involves Israel, Jordan and Egypt, by direct negotiations, dividing the sovereignty of the West Bank and Gaza between their respective States. No Arab or Jew need move from his present home, unless he voluntarily chooses to do so.

These negotiations could be held under the chairmanship of the Secretary General of the United Nations pursuant to Article 80 of the United Nations Charter, dubbed the “Palestine clause”, which preserves the right of the Jews to reconstitute the Jewish National Home in that area of Palestine west of the Jordan River.

The West Bank and Gaza are the only areas of Palestine where sovereignty has not yet been allocated between Arabs and Jews. Jordan is 77% of former Palestine and Israel is 17% of Former Palestine.

The late Yitzchak Rabin once said: "A tiny State between Israel and Jordan will solve nothing. It will be a time bomb." How right he was.

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