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Arutz 7: Baker: Govt. Should Act Now on Sovereignty
International lawmaker Alan Baker believes that the has come to change Judea and Samaria's status. Moshe Cohen, May 29, 2013
Speaking at a conference on sovereignty for Judea and Samaria sponsored by Women in Green and the Hazon Leumi (National Vision) students's organization, international lawmaker and former Israeli ambassador to Canada Alan Baker, said that the recent deal for shared power in the Palestinian Authority between the Fatah and Hamas terror groups gave Israel a great opportunity to annex Judea and Samaria.
Baker was a member of a panel headed by former High Court Judge Edmund Levy that in 2012 researched the question of Israel's “occupation” of Judea and Samaria and found that Israel could not be considered as such under international law. Baker said that it was impossible to dispute Israel's right to the Land of Israel, including Judea and Samaria, as ancient and modern history makes it clear that the land belongs to the Jewish people. (cont.)
...as if we needed a committee to tell us that....Read Tana"kh! (The Bible)
The Sun Lion:
I suspect that the true reason there has not been an annexation has more to do with money than politics. A very high percentage of the wealth of the Israeli ruling class is in real estate. Should Yeshah (Judea and Samaria) be opened to development, the value of property in "Old" Israel will drop considerably. Furthermore, it would open the possibility that "outsiders," i.e. people outside the ruling class, could become seriously wealth through property development. This could then snowball into their being replaced by a whole new group of people. The result would be the end of their strangle hold on Israel's economy and politics. So look beyond ideology to understand this issue.
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Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Hmm... Always seems to come down to money, doesn't it?