The Knesset in Israel’s capital, Jerusalem
Israel is the only Jewish state in the world. It is home to perhaps the world’s largest Jewish population; was reestablished in its ancient homeland after 2,000 years of exile; is democratic with a substantial minority, mostly Muslim; and has never known true peace in its short life as a modern state since 1948.
Given this unprecedented history and unparalleled success as an ancient/modern nation, the question can still be asked, Is Israel sovereign?
After all, Israel functions as a democracy with a parliamentary-style government, and has an independent judiciary as well as a powerful military force, leading one to convincingly assert that yes, Israel is a sovereign nation.
Yet, given all these trappings of sovereignty, Israel does not always actas a truly sovereign nation, making decisions and acting in its own best interests.
– Why does Israel still give credence to the idea of a Palestinian state within Israel’s boundaries? Why not denounce it once and for all as unworkable, and dangerous to the continued existence of the Jewish state?
– Why has Israel delayed settling and developing Judea and Samaria in substantial ways, especially in the E-1 area connecting Jerusalem with Maale Adumim, and in the Jordan Valley as well as other strategic and historic locales?
– Why doesn’t Israel demolish thousands of illegal Arab structures throughout all of Israel, many built with funds from European nations and NGOs?
– Why are there prohibitions against Jewish prayer and other severe restrictions in place against Jews on the Temple Mount?
– Why doesn’t Israel expel the tens of thousands of illegal squatters in south Tel Aviv? These individuals are not refugees, and Israel can ill afford to absorb them.
Geographically Israel is a small country surrounded by a sea of Arabs in a dangerous neighborhood, with threats on its borders growing more ominous, especially in light of Iran’s march toward creating a Shiite crescent all the way from Iran through Lebanon to the Mediterranean Sea, as well as Iran’s reestablished relationship with Hamas in Gaza.
And yes, Israel relies on the United States for military assistance and backing in institutions such as the United Nations.
These and other rationales are cited for Israel’s seemingly lack of independent action at times.
However, history has shown that when Israel acts strongly for itself and in its own best interests (damn world opinion), she comes out better for it.
Sovereignty means control, rule, power and authority. Today, Israel is sovereign in the Land of Israel, but only partially. Finally, the time is ripe for Israel to assert full sovereignty. This is the only way to safeguard its future.