US political turnabout on J & S

I was all for “retention” as the political buzzword.

It is my presumption that politicians are afraid of movement, initiative, change. Presented with plans for immediate application of sovereignty over Judea and Samaria or suggestions of additional annexation moves, the reaction would be one of nervousness. I suggested a new campaign:

Retain The Territories

Retention, which I employed in this 2005 op-ed, avoids the issue of “sovereignty” which, I am forced to acknowledge, scares people because they think – wrongly – that Israel doesn’t have the better claim but it does.

The US Joint Chiefs of Staff reported on June 29, 1967, submitting an opinion about Israel’s needs for retaining territory which detailed in this Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense from the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCSM-373-67) possible lines in Judea and Samaria as so:

The Jordanian West Bank. Control of the high ground running north-south through the middle of West Jordan generally east of the main north-south highway along the axis Jenin-Nablus-Bira-Jerusalem and then southeast to a junction with the Dead Sea at the Wadi el Daraja would provide Israel with a militarily defensible border…

Israel should not have pay a price of “territorial compromise”....

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