Why Is It Important to Accept the Levy Report as Policy?
The Report provides Israel with a legal vehicle for asserting her rights in Judea and Samaria.
For too many years now, Israel’s true situation has been buried under an avalanche of lies to which there has not been sufficient response. A large part of the international community and even some Israelis on the left have very mistaken ideas about Israel’s legal rights in Judea and Samaria.
Advocates for Israel who work to defend Israel against those who make claims of Israeli occupation in Judea and Samaria and the illegality of Israel’s position require a solid legal foundation for making effective counter-arguments.
While the PA makes continual assertions about the “1967 border” – which does not exist – and “occupation,” and “Palestinian land,” the Israel government tends to talk in terms of security, ignoring the question of rights.
This is simply not an acceptable situation. Israel must assert her rights with strength. The conclusions of the Levy Report can provide the government with a strong negotiating position and protect Israel from making concessions that should not be made.
Heritage and National Legitimacy
The areas to which Jews are told they have no rightful claim are actually at the heart of the ancient history of the Jews in their land: This is true with regard to the Temple Mount and Kotel; Hebron, where the Tomb of the Patriarchs stands; Shilo, where the Tabernacle stood; and many other sites.
No self-respecting people sacrifices its own heritage. To surrender this heritage – which is at the heart of the Jewish connection to the land – is to weaken Jewish legitimacy everywhere in Israel.
It is only a matter of time before Israel confronts challenges to her rights in Judea and Samaria in various international political and legal forums. It is imperative that a strong and appropriate legal position be established on the record now.
While the world worries about civil rights for others, civil rights for Jews are often shunted aside. It is vital that the rights of Jews be acknowledged. There is a strong legal basis for Jewish rights in Judea and Samaria that must not be surrendered.
On the All-important Issue of Sovereignty
The Report makes no mention of applying sovereignty to Judea and Samaria because annexation is a political decision, and the Report addresses legal and historical grounds only.
However, it cannot be overemphasized: the recognition of Israel’s legal and historical rights to the land is a necessary precursor to establishment of sovereignty. It is essential to establish a foundation upon which political action in the future can be based.