In the very near future the Palestinians will be upgraded in the UN, either into a member state, or something close enough. This is not the first time the UN has declared them a state, but there is one difference this time. The Palestinians have declared that they plan to use their upgraded status to initiate a new front against Israel, international lawfare (as if they aren’t already doing it on a smaller scale). And yes, Peace Now and Michael Sfard are likely to help them with their latest war by translating and transferring the Judea/Samaria phone book to countries around the world, thus helping the Palestinians persecute and prosecute all Settlers (including families in Gilo and the Old City, but that's only the first step towards eventually also going after those also living in Tel Aviv).
That’s going to make an uncomfortable situation for Israel, and will require we waste more resources learning to defend ourselves against this new terror strategy, instead of building our country, but we’ll get past it, like we always do. And they will continue to use donor money to try to destroy our state instead of building theirs, like they always do.
But think about it, reciprocity is a great weapon.
Once they’re a state (even under “occupation”), the Geneva convention does not allow their citizens to use violence or force against Israel to fight the "occupation", that would open them up to war crime charges in the same courts they plan to attack us in (not that there would be equal/fair treatment). But in fact, it opens them up to more liability then they have now because it would place more obligations on their behavior (assuming they would be considered a signatory of course). I wonder if they thought about that?
But that’s not my point here.
Personally, I don’t believe they are capable of “non-violent” protests, no matter how much the media (or their Lefty friends) choose to portray their violence as non-violent. In a few more days we’ll see if things start to escalate into yet more violence on their part.
And that’s not my point either. I was simply thinking, what steps Israel can take in response?
The most obvious is immediately annexing all of Area C (which resolves the Peace Now problem mentioned above). Let them have their mini-terror State in A (for a little while at least). Again, the territories in question are disputed (even though they all really belong to Israel).
But that’s minor; Annexing is effectively more declarative than anything else.
The real steps Israel can take is breaking ties and letting them know in advance this is what we’ll do.
No more tax collection or fund transfers, no more electricity, no more working in Israel, just to name a few ideas.
“Declaration of War” you say? No less then their announcement that they plan to attack us in the Hague as soon as they can.
It will lead to the collapse of the PA?
Good. Let it. All these countries want a Palestinian State? Well, then let them pay for it, and take responsibility for it.
It’s not our problem. We had a treaty, they broke it (many times). We’re not interested in dealing with them anymore. They've got a state, we have a border conflict with them, but they certainly aren't our responsibility.
Anarchy will reign, terror will rise, Hamas will take over, the PA will collapse because it has no infrastructure (despite years of investments), blah blah blah blah blah…
Yes, and then maybe the IDF can get back to its real job of defending Israel against Arab terrorism, rather than acting as the PA’s prop and interlocutor in the government.
The sad truth is, the government already knows all of this, it’s just the will that is lacking to take the necessary steps, until it will be too late for them to be effective.
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