‘Arlene from Israel’ – Brief Notes

Brief Notes:

Here I want simply to share information and analyses provided by others that will enlightened you – and, in one case, even entertain you.

The subject at hand, first, is the issue of the land in Gush Etzion that has been declared state land – in the process generating a horrified response heard round the world.

Daniel Greenfield, writing in his typically incisive manner as Sultan Knish, addresses this issue with tongue-in-cheek.

It’s a piece worth reading and sharing:

”There are few weapons as deadly as the Israeli house. When its brick and mortar are combined together, the house, whether it is one of those modest one story hilltop affairs or a five floor apartment building complete with hot and cold running water, becomes far more dangerous than anything green and glowing that comes out of the Iranian centrifuges…

“Forget the cluster bomb and the mine, the poison gas shell and even tailored viruses. Iran can keep its nuclear bombs. They don’t impress anyone in Europe or in Washington. Genocide is a minor matter when in the presence of the fearsome weapon of terror that is an Israeli family of four moving into a new apartment.”




Ari Briggs of Regavim, observing the paucity of solid information regarding this issue, has put together material- including a map – that is exceedingly valuable for anyone seeking to understand what is going on.

From that material (italics in the original, bold added):


  • The area of the land is 1.46 square miles (990 acres, 380 Hectares, 3799 dunams)


  • Nobody lives on this land, neither Palestinian Arabs nor Israelis.


  • This land has been classed as public land since before 1948.


  • In 1967 all public lands including this piece in the West Bank came under Israeli control.  As an extra precaution, to ensure the protection of private property rights, the authorities put in place an additional process to double and triple check that no private land was mistakenly included. This process of investigation and final declaration is what the government announced recently. The declaration does not change the status of the land.


  • The land is situated in the Etzion bloc which is acknowledged and widely accepted to be included on the Israeli side of a future land swap in any negotiated peace agreement.


  • The land straddles the 1949 Armistice lines and is in Area C under full Israeli administration and security control based on 1993 Oslo Accords.


  • Pre-1948 there were Jewish communities in the Etzion bloc that were destroyed by the Jordanian Arab Legion and Egyptian Army in Israel’s Independence War.


  • As a general rule in Western countries there is either public land or private land. Thus the concept of ownerless land is not familiar. As a rule a sovereign power owns all land that is not privately owned. This is based on Ottoman land law and British land law and is also enshrined in Israeli land law. The process of final declaration as proscribed by the authorities is in place as an extra protection of private property rights. As such in the case where the sovereign power wants to advance building plans in an area where the land registry record is not complete it has to do an in-depth survey of the land by law, to ensure 1000% that the land is not privately owned.


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