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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 14, 2017 PAGE 5A By Mark Langfan • Well, I'll admit I waswrong. It happens. In the body of an article of mine about four months ago, I asserted that if Israel allowed the creation of any type of 'West Bank Palestinian State' where Israel did not have the absolute right to restrict Palestinian immigration and entry "the Palestinian Arabs could invite anyone they want into their state, including thousands of Hezbollah and tens of thousands of Iranian volunteers for Palestine." Hezbollah Leader Hassan Nasrallah just stated that in a war with Israel, "hundreds of thousands of fighters from all around the Arab and Islamic world [would] participate in this fight--from Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan." If Nasrallah could mobilize "hundreds of thousands" for a fight in Lebanon, he could rally many more than "hundreds of thousands" for awar against Tel Aviv and Jerusalem from the 'West Bank.' So, I was wrong when I wrote "thousands" or "tens of thousands" of terrorists would flood a PA "West Bank State" to murder Israelis, but my title, "How to get i million more terrorists into the Pales- tinian Authority and having to re-invade LOL'was, otherwise, exactly correct• But let's understand how "disconnected some Israeli politicians are from the demographic dangers of a "Palestinian West Bank state" in light of my thesis of four months ago. "The problem is, if a 'West Bank State' is created, or even if substan- tial contiguous pockets of Palestinian Arab control are really created, and the PA is granted the sovereign right to import population, the PA would clearly be able to bring many of the so- called 8 million Palestinian refugees into its state. And the Palestinian Arabs can invite anyone else they want into their state, including thousands of Hezbollah and tens of thousands of Iranian volunteers for Palestine. In this light, let's examine Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, for example. Re- cently, Mr. Liberman stated emphatically in a Facebook post, "Let it be clear about an arrangement with the Palestinians--we will not agree that even one refugee will return to the 1967 bor- ders. If they want to receive them in Shechem, Hevron or Qalqilya--let them do so." So, Liberman, apparently, is completely ok with letting the sovereign "Palestinian West Bank state" bring in millions of Arab, Iranian, Turkish Muslims into the West Bank where there currently is not enough water, sanitation fa- cilities, food, jobs, or security to control the Palestinian Arabs who are there now. But, according to Liberman, the PA state can and should import many millions of Muslims and many will im- migrate to the 'West Bank' because they solely want to murder Israelis. Can anyone expect the millions of newly-immigrated Muslims to just sit there and be happy with just the 'West Bank'? Could Israel, in the future, even reinvade a "West Bank Palestinian state" with 5 million Muslims all armed with even just small arms? A 'Palestinian West Bank state' doesn't solve Israel's "demo- graphic" threat or "separate" Israelis from the 'West Bank' Muslims. It only magnifies the problem by many orders of magnitude. Minister Naftali Bennett ap- pears connected to the 2-State demographic catastrophic threat to Israel. In response to Liberman's Facebook post, Bennett stated,"No, Evet, this is a grave mistake, and we will not allow it. No descendant of a Palestinian refugee will cross the Jordan into the land of Israel. Whoever brings millions of descendants of Palestinian refugees to Judea and Samaria will destroy the Jewish majority that we have achieved between the sea and the Jordan River. "They live in Lebanon? Let them become citizens there. They live in Egypt or Jordan? Let them become citizens there. Let me remind you that in the War of Independence, 650,000 Jewish refugees were expelled from Arab countries. They arrived in Israel and immediately became Israeli citizens. The problem of the descendants of the Palestin- ian refugees will be solved at their place of residence (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, etc.), not between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. There is enough land in theArab countries (300 times more than Israel!) and there is no need to bring them here," continued Bennett. "Bringing in millions of Palestinians to Qalqilyaon Highway 6 is a demographic and security disaster. Therefore Yvette: No refugee will cross the Jordan. Neither the 1967 borders nor the 1948 borders." So, there you have it, De- fense Minister Liberman is unaware of this reality, and Bennett is. There are also the retired generals serving in the Knesset are who say, unrealistically, "We're strong, we can create a Palestinian state because we can always reinvade if something goes wrong." They give lectures and have think tanks giving the impression that they actually have a solution. Imagine if in addition to light arms, the 5 million 'West Bank' Palestinians had modern anti-tank weapons like the Javelin? Or, if in ad- dition to their basic 5-Million number, Nasrallah actually can import another 500,000 trained Muslim soldiers from all over the Muslim world? A PA State would be a Jihad- magnet for every Islamic terrorist in the world. The bottom line is elec- tions have consequences, and every vote is precious• Rational Israelis who don't want to be demographically wiped out can't bank on or vote for so-called "centrists" like Liberman or Netanyahu. They have to vote for the most right-wing person they can in hopes of staving off a 2-State annihilation of lsrael. Mark Langfan is chair- man of Americans for a Safe Israel (AFSI) and specializes in security issues, has created an original educational 3d Topographic Map System of Israel to facilitate clear under- standing of the dangers facing Israel and its water supply. It has been studied by U.S. lawmakers and can be seen at By Stephen M. Flatow The newly released details about a recent terrorist at- tack in Jerusalem show how easily Palestinian terrorists can enter Israel--thus contra- dicting the phony claims that Palestinians' movements are severely restric.ted by Israel. The attack in ciueSti0nt0ok place June 16. Three Palestin- ian terrorists killed a teenage Israe[i policewoman named Hadas Malka, in Jerusalem. They also stabbed and shot several other Israelis, before they were killed. The BBC rubbed salt in the victims' wounds by headlin- ing its reports of the attack: "Three Palestinians Killed After Deadly Stabbing in Je- rusalem." After being deluged with complaints, the BBC changed it to "Israeli Police- woman Stabbed to Death in Jerusalem." Notice how, even in the corrected version, the Palestinians were still not identified as the'aggressors. Many journalists seem to be incapable of writing a simple factual headline such as "Pal- es[inian Murders Israeli." It's just not in their vocabulary. This week, the Israeli au- thorities released some im- portant new details about the attack. It turns out that an Arab resident of Jerusalem served as an accomplice• The terrorists were residents of Ramallah and did not have the necessary permits to enter Is- rael. So, the accomplice, who did have permission to enter because he lives in Jerusalem, drove to Ramallah to pick up the killers. Let me pause in the story to point something out. The reason the terrorists had to go all the way to Jerusalem to kill Israelis is because there are no Israelis in Ramallah. How can that be? Isn't Ra- mallah in the "West Bank?" And isn't the "West Bank" still "occupied territory," as J Street and the BBC and the United Nations keep tell- ing us? The answer is "no." There are no Israeli troops or Is- raeli governor in Ramallah; then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin pulled them out in 1995. Ramallah is the de facto capital city of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Palestinians run the schools, the courts, the police force, the hospitals and everything else. But Dennis Ross, the for- mer U.S. Mideast envoy, wants everyone to think Israel is still "occupying" Ramallah. He repeated the "occupation" myth in a recent article in the Jewish Review of Books. I wrote a letter to the editor, pointing out that the Israelis long ago withdrew from the areas where 98 percent of the Palestinians reside. In response, Ross insisted that those territories are still "oc- cupied" because "Israel main- tains control over movement." Well, that "control" is sometimes remarkably loose, to judge by what happened to those three terrorists from Ramallah. The accomplice picked them up in his van, and drove to Jerusalem. He would have had to cross through an Israeli checkpoint to get into Jerusalem. Evidently the border guards waved him through-- that fact that he is a Jerusalem residentapparently was sufficient to trust him. It sounds like they didn't even check the papers of the three passengers--because had they checked, the passengers would have beendenied entry. And of course, Hadas Malk would still be alive. I have written previously about Palestinian hiking clubs whose members go hiking for hours every Friday through- out the disputed territories, and never encounter Israeli Flatow on page 15A The By Mitchell Bard While the anti-Semites continue to spin their wheels trying to convince college student governments to adopt meaningless divestment reso- lutions and persuade rock stars to boycott Israel, the prime ministers of Israel and India are having a lovefest and the world's most popu- lous democracy is signing contracts with Israel worth billions of dollars• What must be particularly galling to the BDS advocates is that India was once a vigorous adherent to the Arab League boycott. The change in India's posture toward Israel did not happen overnight. India is one of the few countries where anti-Semi- tism has been non-existent. For decades, however, it was one of the leaders of the nonaligned countries in the United Nations, and pursued a hostile policy toward Israel in part out of fear of alienat- ing the Arab and Muslim countries, as well as its 110 million Muslims citizens. In 1988, India excluded Israel from the World Table Tennis Championships in New Delhi and, in 1990, three prominent Indian musicians were told not to travel to Israel and canceled plans to perform at the World Music Festival. That same year, four Israeli tennis players were denied visas to participate in a tour- nament after their entry fees had been accepted. Indian policy slowly began to change in 1991. One of the first signs of a thaw came in June when seven Israelis and one Dutch tourist were kidnapped by Muslim ter- rorists in Srinagar, Kashmir. One 22-year-old Israeli was killed. The Indian government worked with Israel to secure the release of other Israelis who eventually escaped. Still, on Nov. 26, India's external affairs minister was quoted as saying ambassa- dors could not be exchanged until "genuine progress" was reached in Middle East peace talks. By this he meant Is- rael had withdrawn from the territories and allowed the creation ofa Palestinian state. The Indian Statesman news- paper called it a "mindless pronouncement." That same month, a del- egation of the World Jewish Congress met Prime Minis- ter P.V. Narasimha Rao and asked him to upgrade Israel's consular office in Bombay to an embassy. That office, established in the 1950s to help Indian Jews emigrate, was Israel's only diplomatic post in India. By that time, approximately 35,000 Indian Jews were living in Israel and 6,000 remained in India. Then, in December, India surprised Israel by voting to repeal the odious UN resolu- tion slandering Zionism as a form of racism. I was the editor of AIPAC's Near East Report at the time and wrote that the next logical move would be for India to nor- malize relations and open an embassy in Jerusalem. I was subsequently invited to write an article for The Indian- American magazine on Israel- India ties. At the time, trade with India was approximately $200 million, mostly consist- ing of polished diamonds. I argued India could benefit from direct trade, cultural and academic exchanges and sharing the lessons of coping with massive influxes of refu- gees that strain the nation's absorptive capacity. One catalyst for taking the next step was India's desire to participate in the inter- national Middle East peace conference planned for Mos- cow on Jan. 28, 1992. China established full diplomatic re- lations with Israel to win a seat at the table and India did not want to be left out. The Bush administration, which had lobbied India to vote for the repeal of the Zionism resolu- tion at the UN, made it clear that Israel would not agree to their participation if relations were not normalized. India was also being en- couraged to improve ties with Israel by the one-million- strong Indian community in • the United States. Narayan Keshavan, the Washington Bureau Chief of The Indian- American, noted that "in- Bard on page 15A