Fact Checking Judea and Samaria Communities

1. Judea and Samaria (Jewish roots) or West Bank (Arab roots)?

"Judea” () is the origin of the term "Jew” (). Its Hebrew spelling combines one of God's names: Jehova () and one of God's acronyms: '. Judea and Samaria are the cradle of Jewish history, religion, culture, holidays, ethos, language and yearnings. The official name of the area was Judea and Samaria from Biblical times until April, 1950, when Jordan occupied/annexed the area, renaming it West Bank, as distinguished from the east bank of the Jordan River. Judea and Samaria was the official name used by the 1922-1948 British Mandate of Palestine, as well as by the UN.

2. Are Jewish villages and towns in Judea and Samaria an obstacle to peace?

Jewish villages and towns were established in Judea and Samaria after Israel was forced to defend herself in the 1967 War. However, it was pre-1967 Arab terrorism which annihilated the Jewish communities of Hebron, Gush Etzion and Gaza in Judea and raged in the Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Galilee during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Arab terrorism aimed at preventing the establishment of an "infidel” Jewish state in the "abode of Islam.” Several Arab armies, and terrorists, raided Israel in 1948 and persisted in anti-Jewish terrorism before the 1967 establishment of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

3. Is the strategic goal of Mahmoud Abbas to uproot the Jewish villages and towns in Judea and Samaria?

Mahmoud Abbas is the Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, which supersedes and oversees the Palestinian Authority. The PLO was established in 1964, three years before the establishment of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. The 1964 Covenant of the PLO referred only to the pre-1967 area of Israel. The current PLO Covenant now targets Judea, Samaria and the pre-1967 area of Israel for "liberation.”

Abbas is, also, the leader of Fatah, which was established in 1959, eight years before the establishment of Jewish villages in Judea and Samaria. The August, 2009 Sixth Convention of Fatah called for the continued struggle "to eradicate the Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence." The strategic goal of Abbas is to uproot the Jewish State and not, merely, the Jewish towns and villages in Judea and Samaria....

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