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PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 27, 2017 Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett (center) speaks with Ma'ale Adumim Mayor Benny Kasriel (r) before the start of a special Jewish Home faction meeting in the Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumin in the West Bank Jan. 2. Bennett has advocated for a Knesset bill to be introduced after President-elect Donald Trump takes office Jan. 20 calling for Israel's annexation of Ma'ale Adumim. By Ariel Ben Solomon ians) have nothing to negoti- ate about, so they won't--al- though I would argue that In the aftermath of Sec- they wouldn't have been retary of State John Kerry's willing to negotiate anyway," recent speech defending saidGlick, the author of2014 the United Nations Security book "The Israeli Solution: A Council resolution against One-State Plan for Peace in Israeli settlements and the the Middle East." Obama administration's re- Israeli Jews' current mood fusal to veto the resolution, appears to support such Israeli political figures are arguments. The latest Peace increasingly mullingtheidea Index poll from the Israel of annexing the West Bank Democracy Institute, pub- and implementing a "one- lished this week, found that state solution" during the 62 percent of Israel's Jewish incoming Donald Trump era. public supports continued "The U.N. resolution de- settlement building in the stroyed any residual chance disputed territories--includ- there might have been to ing89percentofthepolitical achieve peace with the PLO "right," 83.5 percent of the (Palestine Liberation Orga- "moderate right," 45 percent nization)," Caroline Glick, an of the "center," 21 percent of influential Israeli-American the "moderate left" and 15 columnistandsenior contrib- percent of the left. Regarding uting editor of the Jerusalem Trump, 69 percent of Jews Post, told expect the president-elect's "Now they (the Palestin- attitude toward Israel to be co , Custom Print Marketing Irrcd~tions ~ AnnoJncernents Digital ~ OE~t Printing Broch~es ~ Booklets Direct Mail Services Forms ~ Letterheads E ve s 407-767-7110 205 North Street Long'wood, FL 32750 "~v. elegantpdnting, net MentionThis Ad and Receive 18% Discount -- "friendly," while 57 percent believe President Barack Obama was "unfriendly" to the Jewish state during his eight years in office. Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the nationalist Jewish Home political party, has advocated for a Knesset bill to be intro- duced after Trump takes office Jan. 20 calling for Israel's annexation of Ma'ale Adu- mira, a suburb located east of Jerusalem in the West Bank. Bennet sees this as a first step in annexing all of Area C in the West Bank. Under the Oslo II Accord, Israel has full civil and security control over Area C, compared to the full PalestinianAuthority (PA) control of Area A and split Israeli-Palestinian control of Area B. In November, Bennett said he believed Trump's vic- tory was "an opportunity" to finally abandon a "two-state solution" to the Israeli-Pales- tinian conflict. "Trump's victory is an opportunity for Israel to im- mediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the center of the country, which would hurt our security and just cause," he said, adding, "This is the position of the president-elect, as written in his platform, and it should be our policy, plain and simple." Join the Stone Family At Westchester of Winter Park, a premier Assisted Living Community providing customized care and services in a palatial environment in Winter Park, Florida. Licensed nursing staff is in the building 24 hours each day. Multiple room options at affordable room rates and care level fees. 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Critics of a "two-state ic Research Group, argued have been violently and ruth- solution"totheconflict, how- that the most accurate de- lessly opposing the presence ever, note that the proposal mographic research suggests of Jews in Israel since before is unrealistic because the Jews "make up 66 percent of the Jewish state gained inde- Palestinians are unlikely to the population in Israel and pendence in 1948. Further, meet those conditions in the Judea and Samaria." the former Israeli diplomat foreseeable future. "There is an unprecedented predicted that the establish- Glick told that Is- tailwind in the birthrates for ment of a Palestinian state rael now faces two questions: Jews compared to the Muslim wouldleadtounrestinJordan, "The first is what to do with world as a whole, and Arabs as ethnic Palestinians would the PLO regime in Judea and in Israel in particular," he destabilize the country, and Samaria (the Israeli govern- told Arabs in Israel perhaps even in SaudiArabia, ment's biblical term for the and the disputed territories, dealingablowtoU.S.interests West Bank). The second is he said, "are becoming West- in the region. how to administer the area." ernized in a speedy manner HowwouldaWestBankan- "How Israel answers the and their fertility rates are nexationbillfareintheIsraeli first--now that it is clear dropping." legislature? Eli Hazan--di- that the PLO is not moderate Ettinger shared the Amer- rector of communications and not a peace partner, but ican-Israel Demographic Re- and international relations Israel's enemy--will have search Group statistics from for Israel's ruling Likud par- implications for the second," May 2016, documenting that ty--told that Israeli she said. "But make no mis- the real number of Arabs in politics arevery dynamic and take, the discussion is now the West Bank is around 1.75 that certainlegislation canbe what to do in the absence million, not the 2.97 cited by popular one day, then fall out of a 'two-state solution,' not the Palestinian research. The of favor the next day. how to achieve a 'two-state statistics favored by Ettinger "No doubt the Trump phe- solution.'" make up for this gap by citing nomenon is raising hopes DemographicexpertYoram factors such as the migration and expectations on the Ettinger, former minister of more than 400,000Arabs, right regarding government for congressional affairs at mostly from the West Bank, policy in Judea and Samaria," Israel's Embassy in Wash- who have lived for more than Hazan said. Asked if he sees ington, D.C., dismissed the ayear outside of the territory the"one-state solution" or an common concern expressed but are still counted in the annexation measure passing by "two-state solution" pro- Palestinian census, in the Knesset, he responded, ponents that a "one-state According to Ettinger, "I think the status quo will solution" would jeopardize another 300,000 Arabs liv- continue despiteallthetalk." the Jewish character of Israel ing in Jerusalem are double- Regarding whether or not due to the Arab birthrate, counted--as Israeli Arabs by Trump could help push for- Ettinger downplayed the lat- Israel's census and as West ward a "one-state solution" est statistics released by the BankArabs by the PA census, policy, Hazan said it is too PalestinianCentralBureauof More than 100,000 Palestin- early to know .... Statistics, which claimed in a ians have married Israeli Ar- "We have to wait until after report titled "Palestinians at abs and received citizenship, Trump takes office," he said. m (JTA)--In last week's spelling bee, butwithbiblical Education Minister Naftali issue, Heritage ran a story verses rather than words-- Bennett. about a married couple who has the contestants answer Shahak, a cantor and grad- competed against each other the minutest of details about uate studentofviolin, was one in a Bible contest. The hus- the most obscure of biblical of the international competi- bandofthepair, YairShahak books. Contestants musttion's final eight contestants of New York City, was one of locate or complete fragments when it was last held in 2014. two winners of the Interna- of biblical verses, identify "Something that bothers tional Adult Bible Contest in who said which quotation to me is how little most Ortho- Jerusalem. whom, or name geographical dox Jews know about Jewish Shahak, 28, representing details of the ancient Land history, and you can't know the U.S., shared the honor of Israel. Jewish history without know- with Israeli Yafit Silman, The competition drew 27ing Bible," Shahak told JTA according to Ynet News. finalists from all over the lastmonth."Biblicalhistoryis Shahak'swife, Yaelle Frohlich, world, ages 24 and up, who not inavacuum, that it maybe was also a finalist in the tookarigorouswrittenexam, happened but we don't really competition, representing It ended in a final round of talkaboutit.Ithinkitwasreal Canada. 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