by Aaron Klein
A number of Christian and Jewish American groups have announced the formation of an
umbrella organization that will lobby against acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s plan to
withdraw Jewish communities from the West Bank, arguing in part any withdrawal would be
against United States interests.
“Olmert’s plan means the destruction of the Jewish state. Judea and Samaria is part of
Israel’s biblical homeland. It borders Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and most other major Israeli
cities. There is not a single doubt if Israel vacated this heartland it would be turned
over to Islamic terror groups for use to attack Israel with missiles,” said Susan Roth,
founder of the United Front for the Land of Israel, the new coalition of American
organizations acting against an Israeli West Bank evacuation.
“Olmert’s withdrawal would be a victory for worldwide Islamic terror. It would result in
the formation of an al-Qaeda/Islamic Jihad/Iranian-satellite state that would serve as a
sanctuary for all kinds of terrorists. The withdrawal would be disastrous for America’s
war on terror, for Israel and for the Jewish people. We have come together to do
everything we can to stop this withdrawal from happening,” Roth said.
Roth is also chairperson of the Eshet Chayil Foundation, a Jewish humanitarian and
charity organization. She was one of several Jewish leaders to speak at a press
conference in New York last week announcing the formation of the new United Front.
Olmert last month revealed his administration will seek to change Israel’s borders by
withdrawing from most of the West Bank. He said it is necessary to separate from the
Palestinians for reasons of demography, explaining the large Palestinian population in
the West Bank and Gaza Strip threatens Israel’s Jewish character.
The Front plans to educate the public about what they say are the dangers of a West Bank
withdrawal and lobby U.S. politicians against Olmert’s plan.
The new organization also plans to promote the results of a new demographic study
presented to Congress last week that documents the Palestinians inflated their numbers by
over 50 percent, and that contrary to Palestinian Authority statistics, Jews in 20 years
will likely outnumber Arabs by two-to-one if the West Bank and Gaza are retained.
The allegedly inflated PA population numbers have been accepted by Israel and were
reportedly used in formulating future demographic statistics, including those outlined in
Olmert’s withdrawal plan.
‘Would Bush cede territory to al-Qaeda?’
Groups now part of the United Front include Americans For A Safe Israel, the Jewish
Action Alliance, Women in Green, Justice for Jews, Friends of YESHA, the Jewish Political
Educational Foundation and several university-based groups. Roth says she welcomes other
American organizations to join.
Joseph Frager, chairman of the Jerusalem Reclamation Project, which joined the Front,
told WorldNetDaily, “It is inconceivable that while Hamas talks of destroying Israel,
Olmert talks of further concessions and appeasement. This time Judea and Samaria. How can
the U.S. allow this? Would President Bush cede territory to al-Qaeda?”
The West Bank, home to over 200,000 Jews, is considered landlocked territory not
officially recognized as part of any country. Israel calls the land “disputed,” while the
United Nations says the West Bank is “occupied” by Israel. The Jewish state maintains
overall control of most of the area while the Palestinian Authority has jurisdiction in
about 40 percent.
Many villages in the West Bank, which Israelis commonly refer to as the “biblical
heartland,” are mentioned throughout the Torah.
Withdrawal from the West Bank may place Jerusalem and Tel Aviv within Palestinian rocket
range depending on which territories are evacuated. Military strategists long have
estimated Israel must maintain the West Bank to defend its borders from any ground
In a widely circulated WND article, leaders of every major Palestinian terror
organization warned last month they will soon launch a massive violent campaign against
Israel focused mainly on West Bank Jewish communities.
One senior terrorist said now that Olmert announced a West Bank withdrawal, terrorism
against Israel must be stepped up “to prove we are chasing out the Israelis like we did