Herzliya Conference 2014

Herzliya Conference is Israel’s most prestigious annual conference.  This year’s conference started yesterday and continues today and tomorrow.

Sessions are streamed live or available on demand in either Hebrew of with simultaneous translation.

For either the live stream or video on demand click on 2014 Live and VOD

The program can be viewed here.

Go to VOD, click on the session you want and then click on translate if needed.

You may want to view the VOD for yesterday’s session in which Bennett, Lapid , Herzog and Livni gave short addresses on what they believe should be done now.

Bennett of course called for gradual annexation of area C and giving the 70,000  Arabs there,  citizenship.  Lapid, Livni and Herzog said over their dead bodies.

Although Bennett didn’t get into all the details of his plan, he also wants to entice the Arabs in A and B to accept full autonomy by agreeing to improve their economy, allowing them to travel anywhere in Israel and removing the security fence.

What Bennett intends to offer should be made conditional on them giving up on their confrontation with Israel and switching to cooperation with Israel.

June 9, 2014 | 6 Comments »

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  1. Today Arabs can not get to all areas in Area A or B without check points. I believe that is what he meant. Under his plan that would change. The new roads would make it contiguous travel, since they would not be physically contiguous.

  2. @ Ted Belman: Actually his original plan shows movement in only Arab areas. Here is the plan in .html in short order.

    Op-Ed: A Doable Plan for Managing the Israeli-PA Arab Conflict

    The following is a brief summary of the plan: “The 7 Point Program for Administering the Arab-Israeli Conflict in Judea and Samaria”:

    1. Israeli will extend full sovereignty over Area C. by doing this, Israel will take the initiative and ensure its vital needs: security for the coast and Jerusalem, keeping the settlements intact and sovereignty over national heritage sites.

    The world will not recognize our sovereignty in the area, just as it does not recognize our sovereignty at the Western Wall, in the Ramot and Gilo neighborhoods of Jerusalem and in the Golan Heights. Not to worry, the world will get used to it.

    Area C forms a contiguous Israeli land mass and includes the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, Ben Gurion airport and surrounding area, Maaleh Adumim and all the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

    Residents of Tel Aviv, the coastal plain, and the entire country will live in security and be protected from threats from the east.

    2. Full citizenship for the 50,000 Arabs who live in Area C. That is all the Arabs who are there, just 4% of the Arabs in Judea and Samaria. This will pull the rug out from under the Apartheid accusation. There are 350,000 Jews in Area C today and only 50,000 Arabs. Those Arabs can become full-fledged Israeli citizens. And they will all realize that no Arab or Jew will be expelled from his home there.

    3. The PA will have full autonomy and contiguous public transportation in the areas under its control. Arabs there will be able to go from one place to another without roadblocks and soldiers. .Arabs hate long lines and traffic jams as much as Israelis do. This contiguous route is not easy to achieve but can be done for a one time investment of a few hundred million dollars.

    We can improve Arab lives and at the same time, remove the international humanitarian pressure on Israel.

    4. No “refugee” from Arab countries will be allowed to enter Judea and Samaria. This negates the PA state concept that allows for millions of “refugees” and their descendants to flow into the area from Arab countries. It is unfortunate that Netanyahu, in his Bar Ilan speech, said that the “refugees” could return to the Palestinian State he envisaged.

    That is an egregious error that would lead to an irreversible demographic catastrophe. From the moment that millions of “refugees” from Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and other Arab countries flood Judea and Samaria, there is no turning back the clock, so we cannot allow that to occur. The descendants of the refugees must be absorbed by the nations wherein they reside, and in no case west of the Jordan River.

    5. Israel will keep an IDF security “umbrella” open over all of Judea and Samaria.

    The necessary condition for the plan’s success is tranquillity. Quiet is possible only if the IDF is in charge of security. If the IDF leaves, Hamas will take its place. That is what Hamas did in Gaza and it is what Hizbullah did in Lebanon [once the IDF left, ed.]

    6. Gaza will be separate from Judea and Samaria.

    The “secure passage” idea between Gaza and Yesha is passé. It would only lead to all of Gaza’s troubles stirring up violence in quiet Judea and Samaria.

    Gaza is joining Egypt little by little. It is already happening. We have no responsibility for Gaza. We expelled 8,000 Israelis from their Gush Katif homes there, we left every centimeter of land on which we had built communities there and in return, we got Hamastan. Let Egypt deal with it.

    7. There will be massive economic investment to help Jews and Arabs live together in Area C: better infrastructure, highway interchanges, shared industrial areas. Peace begins with day to day living, with ordinary citizens. Instead of useless diplomatic cocktail parties in Oslo, Geneva and Camp David, there has to be an improvement on the ground, helping ordinary people.

    For example, an interchange at the Hizme checkpoint in Binyamin is long overdue. Every morning, thousands of Jews and Arabs sit out an unnecessary traffic jam together there. The roads also cause accidents because of their condition. I would transfer the money from the Geneva Proposal to the Department of Public Works and build this interchange.

    In Conclusion:

    We must admit that there is no great love between Arabs and Jews in Judea and Samaria. But both sides realize by now that the other side is not going to evaporate Therefore, instead of wasting our time, money and blood on solutions that lead only to frustration and violence, we should concentrate on realistic plans that lead to stability and improved conditions.

    It is time for a fresh approach in which we give up – at present – on the maximum in order to obtain the optimium, the perfect for the good. It is also time for the state of Israel to take the initiative.


  3. @ Bear Klein:

    I was remembering this comment from his WSJ article:

    To achieve this, Israel must allow Palestinians complete freedom of movement, which requires removing all roadblocks and checkpoints in the West Bank. In particular, Israel should dismantle the security barrier erected throughout the last decade to defend against Palestinian terror attacks during the Second Intifada.

    The heat Bennett attracted for this paragraph no doubt resulting in his trimming his sails.

  4. Ted, You may have misunderstood what Bennett said (or the translator did). Arab free movement is the Arab Areas (A & B). His example of movement from Jenin to another Arab city was how he was showing this.

    The PA will have full autonomy and contiguous public transportation in the areas under its control. Arabs there will be able to go from one place to another without roadblocks and soldiers. .Arabs hate long lines and traffic jams as much as Israelis do. This contiguous route is not easy to achieve but can be done for a one time investment of a few hundred million dollars.


    Uri Ariel points out Yesh Atid if they follow through on their threat to walk out of the coalition will need to be replaced by Shas and UTJ for anything to happen in the annexation sphere. Hopefully they can be persuaded to do this or Israel will need new elections to achieve annexations of the Jewish Areas of Judah and Samaria.

    The Gush Etzion Block needs to be annexed ASAP.