One of the rising stars in Israeli politics today is Naftali Bennett of the right-leaning Jewish Home party which is poised to make considerable electoral gains in the upcoming elections. Bennett has recently come under fire for an ill-considered remark suggesting that, as a soldier, he would disobey IDF orders to evict Jewish "settlers" from their homes. He has since backed off that statement.
Nonetheless, this is someone who we are likely to be hearing from going forward and in the brief video above he lays out the "Bennett Plan" for Judea and Samaria.
What he suggests is that Israel annex "Area C" which contains around 360,000 Jews and about 50,000 Arabs, giving all residents full citizenship if they wish. In areas A and B, which contain about 1.8 million Arabs, and very few Jews, he would offer them local autonomy, but not statehood. Statehood would need to be denied on the grounds that the local Arab population is perpetually hostile and therefore Israel cannot afford a militarized Palestinian state looking down upon, and lobbing rockets at, the Israelis along the coastal plains.
He would ensure transportational contiguity between all sections of areas A and B and would, taking a page from Netanyahu's book, heavily invest in the Arab economy of that region in order to help ease tensions.
Somewhat to his left is PM Netanyahu and to his left is Tzippi Livni, who still holds out hope for a negotiated conclusion of hostilities. To his right is Jerusalem Post columnist Martin Sherman who argues that Bennett's plan is unworkable and that Israel should annex all of Judea and Samaria, giving the local Arabs limited autonomy without the national franchise.
What I think is that it should be obvious by now that the local Arabs have no intention whatsoever of agreeing to a state for themselves in peace next to Israel and therefore Oslo is over. In fact, by declaring "Palestine" non-member state status at the United Nations, both the Palestinian Authority and the international community have abrogated, and thus concluded, the Oslo accords. For this reason I would not support Livni or her newly formed Hatnuah party.
My argument, for some time now, has been that Israel needs to declare its final borders and remove the IDF to behind those borders. Bennett's plan probably comes closest to that suggestion, although I do not know that Israel should annex all of area C as it is currently constituted. I would argue that the regions of Israeli annexation should contain all the major settlement blocs near the "green line," but leave as much territorial contiguity possible for an Arab state, with Ramallah as the capital.
In any case, Israel should not allow the division of the Jewish capital of Jerusalem.
The "Palestinians" have earned the lovely city of Ramallah and they should have it.