Expert: Paying Palestinians to Leave a ‘Positive Solution’

Dr. Martin Sherman of the Israeli Institute for Strategic Studies says that UNWRA funds be used to pay Arabs to resettle elsewhere

By Yaakov Levi

Dr.Martin Sherman

Dr.Martin Sherman
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At an event in Haifa last week, Dr. Martin Sherman, head of the Israeli Institute for Strategic Studies, said that the best way to ensure the future of a Jewish Israel, and the individual welfare of Arabs living in Judea and Samaria, was to offer an “evacuation-compensation” package for them, similar to the process undertaken by the government for families who live in buildings slated for urban renewal projects.


Sherman was speaking at a conference on sovereignty for Judea and Samaria sponsored by Women in Green and the Hazon Leumi (National Vision) students’ organization. In the past, Sherman said, efforts to establish multiple sovereignties on the land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River had fallen flat, and the current “experiment,” in which the Palestinian Authority was given limited sovereignty over parts of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, only proved the point. Eventually, he said, there would be only one sovereign – Israel, the Jewish state, or an Arab Muslim entity.


On that basis, Sherman said, it was legitimate for Israel, which is fighting for the survival of its Jewish population, to offer Arabs a deal in which they would be compensated for leaving their homes and moving abroad. Israel would eventually be forced to adopt a policy like this, because of the demographic pressures it will be subject to from a large and restive Arab population in Judea and Samaria.


The solution to the overall problems of sovereignty and demography, said Sherman, was three-pronged: First, the United Nations organization responsible for dealing with the Palestinians – UNWRA – must be dismantled, or expelled from all areas of Judea, Samaria and Gaza. UNWRA, more than any other organization, is responsible for preserving the “refugee” status of Palestinians, decades after their grandparents and great-grandparents fled their homes in Israel, in order to move out of the way and allow seven Arab armies to destroy the newly-founded State of Israel in 1948. Without UNWRA support, he said, all but about 50,000 of the 5 million people around the world who claim to be Palestinian refugees will give up that status.


After that, said Sherman, the massive budget that had been provided to UNWRA should be transferred to a fund that will allow Palestinian ex-refugees to resettle in a new home of their choice. The fund should provide enough money to resettle families and clans, providing them with positive living, work, and educational opportunities in Arab or Western countries.


Once those arrangements are in place, he said, it will be possible to approach Arab families and clans with offers that will be worth their while. According to Sherman, an offer like this to the heads of extended families among Palestinians would be embraced.


This is not an “expulsion” or “transfer” plan, said Sherman, but a humanitarian one “that will provide benefits for the Arab population, as well as for the countries that agree to receive them as new, wealthy residents.”


Sherman’s idea is similar to one proposed by MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud-Beiteinu) last year. Speaking at the 2013 Sovereignty Conference, Feiglin said that Israel should offer each Palestinian Authority Arab $500,000 to leave Israel. “The country pays 10% of its gross national product every year to maintain the ‘two-state solution’ and the Oslo Accords,” Feiglin said, including money for security fences and checkpoints, Iron Dome missile defense systems and guards whom he said are posted “at every café.” Feiglin said the same money could be used to pay every PA Arab half a million dollars to leave Israel.



Feiglin goes Kahane: Pay the ‘Palestinians’ to leave


While the Prime Minister continues to futilely attack the Jewish Home party, further down on the Likud list, Moshe Feiglin (officially no longer Netanyahu’s ‘rival’) has the right idea. Feiglin says we should take the money we are spending on the ‘two-state solution’ and use it to pay the ‘Palestinians’ to leave Judea and Samaria. That’s right out of Rabbi Meir Kahane’s HY”D book. And you won’t believe how much we can afford to pay: $500,000 per family (Hat Tip: Sunlight).

Despite the Likud campaign’s instruction not to give interviews, Moshe Feiglin, continued to make controversial statements ​​during a conference call in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Women in Green, held a conference today attended by several Likud officials. Among the discussions were talks of ways to impose operational Israeli sovereignty beyond the Green Line.

Feiglin, who earlier on Tuesday was arrested by police after trying to pray on the Temple Mount, proposed paying Palestinians to leave the Palestinian controlled West Bank.

“The State of Israel is paying 10 percent of its Gross Domestic Product every year for the two-state solution and the Oslo Accords. Israel is paying for separation fences, iron domes and a guard at each coffee shop. Soon we will have to place iron domes at each school in Tel Aviv.

With this budget we can give every Palestinian family in West Bank, $500,000 to encourage migration to a place with a better future. Western nations are declining due to low birth rates, so they will surely be accepted into the West. The question is whether the world will want Sudanese migrants, who cannot build or Palestinians who know how to build.

Surveys conducted in Gaza and the West Bank show that 80 percent of the Palestinians in Gaza and 65 percent of the Palestinians in the West Bank want to emigrate. Here we have the perfect solution,” Feiglin said.

Yes, yes, yes. Let’s send them all to Europe!

And if the Likud wants to gain some of those votes back from Jewish Home, it’s not Feiglin they have to keep quiet: It’s Netanyahu and his gang of Leftists.

By the way, if you want to see more about Rabbi Kahane’s original proposals, go here.


Feiglin: Pay Palestinians to leave West Bank


Likud’s most far-right figure proposes paying each Palestinian family in West Bank $500,000 to move to West

Akiva Novick

Published: 01.02.13, 09:59 / Israel News

Several Likud officials called for the annexation of the West Bank on Tuesday, in contradiction with the party’s official policy.


Despite being instructed by the Likud campaign not to give interviews, Moshe Feiglin made controversial statements during a conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday.


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  The Women in Green conference was attended by several Likud officials who discussed operative ways to impose Israeli sovereignty beyond the Green Line.


Feiglin, who earlier on Tuesday was detained by police after trying to pray at the Temple Mount, proposed paying Palestinians to leave Israel.


“The State of Israel is paying 10% of its GNP every year for the two-state solution and the Oslo Accords. It’s paying for separation fences, Iron Domes and a guard at every café. Soon we’ll have to place Iron Domes in every school in Tel Aviv.


“With this budget we can give every Arab family in Judea and Samaria $500,000 to encourage it to emmigrate to a place with a better future.


“You may say, ‘But no one will have them.’ That’s not true because the Western nations are shrinking due to low birth rates. The question is whether the world will have Sudanese migrants who can’t build or migrants from Judea and Samaria who do know how to build.


“Polls conducted in Gaza and Judea and Samaria show that 80% (of Palestinians) in Gaza and 65% (of Palestinians) in Judea and Samaria want to emmigrate. We have here the perfect solution. ”


During the conference Minister Yuli Edelstein endorsed a gradual process of imposing Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank. MK Yariv Levin expressed similar views but admitted the chances of imposing Israeli law beyond the Green Line were not high.


Zeev Elkin proposed imposing sovereignty in the Jewish-populated areas first and then in the Palestinian areas.


A Likud official said, “These radical statements are good for Netanyahu from an election standpoint. They help get back rightist votes that shifted to the Habayit Hayehudi party. No one is going to annex the territories. It’s a good election slogan.”


He noted that Netanyahu will not publically condemn the statements.


Yuval Karni and Yaron Doron contributed to this report