Netanyahu: Israel will not relinquish security control over Judea and Samaria

Israel defeated Egypt, Syria and Jordan in six days of fighting in June 1967, liberating Judea and Samaria and east Jerusalem from Jordanian occupation, the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula from Egypt and the Golan Heights from Syria.

The Six-Day War was fought between June 5th and 10th, 1967, by Israel against the more populous and well-armed neighboring Arab states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, who were all cheered on by all the Arab/Moslem states, were heeding Egypt's President Abdul Nasser's bloodthirsty calls for Israel's annihilation.

Israel is required to withdraw from all the territories seized in the war under the United Nations Security Council Resolution 242, adopted months after the Six-Day War, in November 1967; but the Tel Aviv regime has been in non-compliance of that piece of worldwide law ever since.

Hundreds of Israelis have held a protest rally in Israel's Haifa to call for an end to the Tel Aviv regime's 50-year occupation of Palestinian territories.

Israeli authorities did not respond to requests for comment on the plans, which Peace Now said showed that "a two-state solution is not on [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's] agenda".

Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza do not have the legal right to vote in Israeli elections, can not move freely around the state of Israel and do not have Israeli citizenship despite living in an administrative territory of Israel.

Guteress noted, "This occupation has imposed a heavy humanitarian and development burden on the Palestinian people".

The Israeli and Palestinian leadership have come close to peace on few occasions, with both parties refusing to compromise on several key issues, causing a stalemate.

"Ending the occupation and achieving a negotiated two-state outcome is the only way to lay the foundations for enduring peace", he added. Israel hopes that by further dividing the Arabs, it can drive the minimum Palestinian demands-a sovereign, independent Palestinian state along the 1967 lines-even lower. On the other hand, 65 percent of Jewish Israelis said that Israel's control of the region contributes to Israel's security, as opposed to 29.7 percent who disagreed.

A defence ministry committee advanced the plans and may do so for around 1,000 more on Wednesday, the NGO that tracks settlement building in the Palestinian territory said in a statement.

Worldwide law views the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as "occupied territory".

  • Leroy Wright