In Part One of my coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I discussed the lengthy history of the Jewish people in the Middle East region that spans over three millennia. I also covered that for the majority of that time, the Jews were subjects of foreign empires who treated them as second class citizens in their own lands. With the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the Jewish people have had the ability to fully govern themselves for the first time in over 2,000 years. Nearly all Arab Muslims in the region hold a violent hatred towards Israel. That hatred however is based on a lie that has been fed to them for generations.
Even when the truth is told, most Arab Muslims continue to insist that the land which Israel controls belongs to the Arabs. Historically, every time the Palestinians were offered a fair amount of land in the region (in three cases they were offered statehood), they have rejected that offer insisting that they want all or nothing. This has always, and continues to be, the agenda of the Palestinian leadership and the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement and the reason why the Israelis must not give one inch to the Palestinians. Every time the Israelis reached their hand out in solidarity, it has been bitten by the vengeful Palestinians. If the Jewish people show weakness and settle for a two state solution, it will not end the hostilities, but embolden the extremists on the Palestinian side who will demand that the remainder of the land be given to them.
This will eventually lead to violent measures being taken by the Palestinians to eradicate the Jews until they vacate the land or accept Palestinian rule (essentially becoming second class subjects again). That being said, the only viable solution is for Israel to continue building settlements and eventually have complete control over Judea, Samaria and Gaza Strip. If the Jewish people don't push forward, they will be pushed out.
The Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria (the Israeli Government's rightful name for West Bank) are vital to preserving the existence of the world's only Jewish state. Other than the fact that these are historic Jewish lands that were stolen during the Arab conquests, the Arab fertility rate in both Palestine and Israel have been higher than that of Jews in Israel. This is significant in the sense that just like with all the other conquered land that has been taken during Islamic conquests, the native populations in the Middle East had been rapidly replaced by Arab Muslims.
While the conquering and pillaging of lands played a large factor in driving out the native inhabitants of many regions in the Middle East and North Africa region, the exceptionally high birth rates of Arab Muslims played a larger role. This is due to the normalcy of polygamy in Islamic culture, which is promoted in the Quran, and leads to many fathers having a large amount of children from multiple wives. This has been the main factor as to why the Middle East and North Africa region has become dominated by Arabs.
As of the most recent Israeli Consensus released this November, for the first time in the nation's history the Jewish and the Israeli-Arab birth rates were at par. As recently as 2000, the Arab birth rate stood at 4.3 children per woman while the rate of Jewish women stood at 2.6. As of the release of the recent consensus, both groups' fertility rates stood at 3.13 per woman. The casual observer may see this as nothing to be concerned about, as the birth rates are evening out. While this is indeed good news, it doesn't mean it will be a continuing trend or predictive of further Jewish fertility rate increases.
With any type of demographic trends, fertility rates in particular can slide back and forth. As stated before, Arab Muslims in general have exceedingly high birth rates in comparison to most other ethno-religious groups. This has lead in recent years to a number of Israeli Rabbis to approve of polygamy in Israel in order to counter Arab birth rates. While polygamy is illegal under Israeli law, the authorities have been allowing this, as Muslim Bedouin in the Negev region regularly practice this despite the restrictions. This trend, while controversial, may lead the Jewish people to retain the majority in their nation by comfortable margins, removing the threat of being overtaken by high Arab birth rates.
Another issue is the claim that BDS makes about how terrible Israel treats non-Jews in its country. They seem to conveniently forget that Arab Muslims serve in the Israeli Defense Force, on Israeli courts, and in the Knesset (Parliament). Israel also practices affirmative action for its minority groups living in the country. If it were the adverse situation, and Arab Muslims were in control, we would not see Jews serving in the parliament, the military, or in courts. In fact we wouldn't see many Jews at all, because they would all be driven out or killed, yet again.
Numerous Arab leaders today and in the past have called for the complete genocidal extinction of the Jewish people. This claim is not in the slightest ridiculous, as it was proposed by Arab League Secretary-General Abdul Rahman Azzam in 1947 at the onset of the 1947/48 war, in which he said that the conflict would be "a war of extermination and momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacre and the Crusades."
To this day, there are even children's programs in the Palestinian territories justifying and calling for Jewish genocide. The notion that the Palestinians want a two state solution is a blatant fabrication. Having a two state solution would simply be the first step in “taking back” the entirety of Israel, as has been the goal of previous Palestinian leaders. Leaders of Palestine like Yassir Arafat thrived off of conflict. If the conflict ended, these leaders would no longer hold power over the Palestinian people.
The Jewish people must push back against the Palestinian agenda of a two state solution, for it will not end with peace. The Palestinians will demand not only Judea and Samaria, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip but for other lands within the State of Israel because their leadership and a large number of the average people see it as solely Palestinian land.
The fact is that many Palestinian leaders are Islamist radicals who have a genocidal plan for the Jewish people. Giving the Palestinians more power will only embolden their agenda and further threaten the survival of the world’s only Jewish nation state.