I''ll admit I''m still worried about November.  Yes, November.  Not this coming September and 194.

It''s November 1947 that is the real problem because that is when this resolution was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly which included a request that:
 
The Security Council determine as a threat to the peace, breach of the peace or act of aggression, in accordance with Article 39 of the Charter, any attempt to alter by force the settlement envisaged by this resolution

Please note by the way, "settlement" there means peaceful resolution of 30 years of conflict that began when Arabs launched a political terror campaign of violence against civilians.  And who do you think attempted to alter by force that resolution?  Who were those that violated the spirit of international law, who would not accept compromise and coexistence?

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Yes, the Arabs.  The Arabs that considered themselves of a ficticious "Palestinian nationalism" as well as Arabs from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Jordan and from other countries as well as anti-Semities from Europe and even Nazis.  It started on the afternoon and evening of November 30th and never really ended, six decades later.  It included the ethnic cleansing of Jewish communities such as Neveh Yaakov, four Gush Etzion kibbutzim, Bet HaAravah, Atarot, Kfar Darom and Jerusalem''s Old City''s Jewish Quarter.  Previously, ethnic cleansing operations by Arabs took place in Hebron, Shchem, Gaza city and Jenin.  And today''s "September 194 Campaign" is all about returning us to those pre-November 1947 days, when there was no state of Israel.


For those who insist that Jewish residency locations, aka "settlements", are illegal, and that they were then, as now, one of the roots of the conflict, please review this, from the League of Nations in 1922:
 
The Administration of Palestine, while ensuring that the rights and position of other sections of the population are not prejudiced, shall facilitate Jewish immigration under suitable conditions and shall encourage, in co-operation with the Jewish agency referred to in Article 4, close settlement by Jews on the land, including State lands and waste lands...

That was the international law in force - and still is as UN Article 80 makes clear (*)  - and consider this: Article 25 of the Mandate actually reinforced that legal foundation of Jewish communities now in Judea and Samaria by defining the territories where "close settlement by Jews" would, temporarily,  not be permitted and that definition is:
 
In the territories lying between the Jordan and the eastern boundary of Palestine as ultimately determined, the Mandatory shall be entitled, with the consent of the Council of the League of Nations, to postpone or withhold application of such provisions of this mandate as he may consider inapplicable to the existing local conditions...

In other words, by process of backward elimination, we know that Judea and Samaria and Gaza are surely areas where Jews can reside, plant fields, build homes and play soccer.  Nothing was "postponed" there.  They lie between the Jordan River and the western boundary of the Palerstine Mandate, territories which were to become the Jewish National Home.  However, Jews were discriminated against therein and then Great Britain decided to create, for an Arab refugee from Saudi Arabia, a new state where one never existed before, to be called TransJordan.   That fictional entity evolved into the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan which, after participating an that aggressive war I noted at the outset, illegally occupied and annexed an area of the Jewish National Home, Judea and Samaria, and transformed it into the "West Bank", incidentally by the way, obliterating the "Arab State" that was to arise in the truncated Palestine Mandate.

Moreover, that Article 25 ended with this provision:
 
...provided that no action shall be taken which is inconsistent with the provisions of Articles 15, 16 and 18.

Article 15, if you are interested (or think I am hiding something) reads, in part:
 
No discrimination of any kind shall be made between the inhabitants of Palestine on the ground of race, religion or language. No person shall be excluded from Palestine on the sole ground of his religious belief.

So, it really is quite simple.

Jews have the right to be in many places throughout Judea and Samaria.  And in Shiloh.  A right, and a privilege, I fulfill daily.  As I have done for the past 30 years.

And I intend to do so for a long time to come.

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Article 80 reads in part:

placing each territory under the trusteeship system, and until such agreements have been concluded, nothing in this Chapter shall be construed in or of itself to alter in any manner the rights whatsoever of any states or any peoples or the terms of existing international instruments to which Members of the United Nations may respectively be parties.

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