Tag: David Ben-Gurion

Jordan is Palestine

Op-ed: Establishing 2nd Palestinian state west of Jordan River would be great folly

Haim Misgav

The Jewish State was established in the Land of Israel. Not in Uganda, not in South America and not in any other area offered to the Jews at one time or another as a response to their distress. The League of Nations, which granted Britain the mandate to form the Jewish people’s national home, referred to the entire territory on both sides of the Jordan River.

One should be aware of the following: There was no “Jordanian people” to the east of the Jordan River that sought independence there, just like there was no “Palestinian people” west of the Jordan River.

Hence, When David Ben-Gurion drafted the Declaration of Independence he did not determine the State of Israel’s borders. He too knew that at the end of the war forced upon the small Jewish community by Arab states, the borders will be different than the “partition boundaries.”

The Jewish state’s first prime minister also knew that any territory to be conquered by the IDF will remain part of the state, and will not be called “occupied territory.” The Jewish state will become its legal owner based on the international conventions that designated the whole of the Land of Israel, on both sides of the Jordan River (yes, Mr. Jordanian King) for a Jewish home.