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Israel shoulod have annexed Judea and Samaria in 1967

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Submitted by DrRJP (United States), Jul 5, 2017 at 13:47

Instead of being surprised that the Arab League would issue its "Three No's" in Khartoum, the Israelis should have been proactive by annexing the West Bank which would have been legal under international law - unlike the illegal occupation by Jordan about which the UN and the World did jack squat.

Instead, between 1968 and 1970, the PLO turned the West Bank into a major base of operations for launching terrorist strikes inside Israel while also seeking to overthrow the kingdom of Jordan. That didn't end well as Jordan routed Arafat and 20,000 of his supporters forcing him out of Jordan and eventually into Lebanon where he again set up bases from which to attack Israel. Israel was forced to invade Lebanon on two different occasions to root out the PLO.

By annexing the territory, Israel would have denied Arafat both a major base of operations and a major pool of future Palestinian terrorists.

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I strongly disagree. The last thing the Jewish state needs is a large population of disaffected, indeed hostile, Palestinians as citizens.

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