There is no chance “Israeli occupied Arab land” will ever be part of a Palestinian state unless the Palestinians first conquer Israel.
Israel annexed all of Jerusalem decades ago. And while very few Jews move to and build in Arab neighborhoods, enormous Jewish neighborhoods have been constructed on land that used to be empty.
There is no chance these places will ever be part of a Palestinian state unless the Palestinians first conquer Israel. It doesn’t matter if Israelis should or should not have built in these areas. The fact is that they did. Hundreds of thousands of people live there today.
The same goes for some of the settlements near the Green Line, such as those in Gush Etzion. Because they can be annexed without disrupting or fatally compromising a Palestinian state in the future, they will be.
Last year, after Jimmy Carter visited the Gush Etzion settlement of Neve Daniel, he said:
“This particular settlement area is not one that I can envision ever being abandoned or changed over into Palestinian territory. This is part of settlements close to the 1967 line that I think will be here forever.”
Imposing a building freeze in areas that will never be Palestinian is actually a little bit dangerous. It puts these places on the table, so to speak, and tells the Palestinians they stand a chance of acquiring them as parts of their own state down the road if only enough pressure can be brought to bear. But it isn’t going to happen.
Source: Commentary, article written by Michael J. Totten.