“Since it won’t become a state in the strict sense, very little will change”
Ariel Woolf is Israeli. He lives in Efrat, a settlement established in 1983 in the West Bank.
There were a few protests in Efrat when Mahmoud Abbas made the announcement he would seek Palestinian statehood, but since then things have calmed down.
I expect this application to be approved by the General Assembly, but not validated by the Security Council. So, like most people here, I’m not really worried; since it won’t become a state in the strict sense, very little will really change. However, the fact that many countries are officially supporting a Palestinian state is not an advantage for us, though it’s no surprise, either.
I see this bid as a way for the Palestinians to say, we don’t need to negotiate and we don’t need you [Israel] in order to move forward. This attitude may have consequences – not military ones, but economic ones. In some areas, food and electricity come from Israel, and Israel may be less inclined to help them out in the future, though personally I hope this is not the case.
Of course, settlers are worried. This Palestinian strategy is interpreted by some as a declaration of war. If Palestine decides to open its borders to include the settlement, then that would be a declaration of war.
I am in favour of a Palestinian state, but the Palestinians’ demand that we go back to pre-1967 borders
is simply unacceptable for Israel, because it wouldn’t be able to defend itself
. Palestinians must understand that going back to the 1967 borders, in the current situation, would mean the end of Israel.
Currently, a Palestinian construction worker is helping me renovate my house. I really hope these good relations will continue. However if Friday’s decision – whatever it might be – leads to violence, the borders will be shut down and no one will be able to cross them anymore.”