´Israel should annex 60% of Area C´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Moran Azulay Published: 02.23.12, 13:38)
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Former Yesha Council Head Naftali Bennett says Israel should take
unilateral action to protect its West Bank interests; suggests Egypt
annex Gaza Strip
Former Yesha Council Director Naftali Bennett has presented a new
initiative meant to conquer the prolonged stalemate plaguing the
Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Bennett explained Thursday that he met with dozens of military,
political and defense experts prior to formulating what has been
dubbed the "mollification plan," adding that it is meant to serve as
a "band-aid" of sorts – a way for Israel to maintain peace and order
in the West Bank, while it both deals with international pressure and
protect its "critical principles."
The first thing the plan aims to tackle is Israeli sovereignty. The
Oslo Accords divided the West Bank into three areas of control: Area
A, under full Palestinian control; Area B, under joint Israeli-
Palestinian security control and Area C – under full Israeli security
Bennett suggests imposing full Israeli sovereignty over Area C, which
constitutes 62% of the territory, unilaterally.
"Israel should take an independent initiative and cement its vital
interest – securing Jerusalem and the greater Tel Aviv area, as well
as sovereignty over Israeli heritage sites," he explained.
Bennett was not oblivious to the status quo upset that may follow
such a move: "The world will not recognize our sovereignty there
anymore than it recognizes it when it comes to the Western Wall and
the Golan Heights… never mind – they will get used to it."
Next, he addressed the full naturalization of some 50,000
Palestinians who reside in the area that would be annexed.
"This will pull the rug from under any ´apartheid´ argument," he
said. "There are 350,000 Israelis living in Area C and only 50,000
Arabs. They will become full-fledged Israeli citizen and according to
this plan no one – neither a Jew nor an Arab – would be driven out of
The plan also covers transportation routes´ continuity, which he
admits will require "a one-time investment of hundreds of millions of
Bennett, however, is vehemently against the right of return, despite
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´s consent, in principle, to allow
refugees to return to the future Palestinian state.
Bennett´s plan further states that annulling the right of return is
pivotal to the plan´s success, as well as for the creation of
a "security umbrella" across the entire West Bank.
The IDF must maintain full control over the West Bank, he said,
adding that "if the IDF pulls out, Hamas will come in. That´s what
happened in Gaza and that´s what happened with Hezbollah in southern
The plan also suggests cementing a full disconnect between Gaza Strip
and the West Bank, "So as to prevent Gaza´s problems from trickling
into the quiet Judea and Samaria."
He further suggested that Egypt gradually annex the Strip: "We
mustn’t assume responsibility for Gaza. We forcibly evicted 8,000
Israelis from their homes in Gush Katif, we pull out – to the very
last inch, and all we got in return was a Hamas state. It´s time for
Egypt to shoulder the burden."
Bennett said that politicians and defense officials who reviewed the
plan had high praise for it. "Now we just have to see what parts of
it will be realized." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 02/23/12)
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