Those advocating a return to the 1967 borders forget why Israeli tanks crossed those borders. A Palestinian state bordering Jerusalem means continuing terror in the Jewish capital. A Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria would reduce the strategic depth of the Jewish state to eight miles (yes, that’s the Road Map). In the south, a Palestinian state spells the end to Israeli stewardship of tourism of the Dead Sea: tourists will go through Jordan or Palestine (which would be cheaper, too) rather than driving 140 miles from Jerusalem. Palestinian robber barons will join Israeli oligarchs and Jordanian Bedouins in plundering the Dead Sea’s resources and creating an ecological catastrophe. The pre-1967 borders would give Lake Kineret to Syria and most of the Jordan River to the Palestinians, making the Israeli water supply suicidally vulnerable.
The 1967 borders are of little import to the Palestinians. The southern bulge of their state impedes Jewish use of the Dead Sea, but that desert region is useless to the Palestinians. About 60 percent of Judea and Samaria is not settled by Arabs, nor could it be, given their primitive skills in agriculture.
Looking at the figures, Israel in the 1956 borders would still be much larger than the Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, but most of that Israel is the Negev desert, a place so useless that Egypt readily ceded it to Israel. Global warming is creating more desert in Israel, moving the border of habitation northward. Northern Israel can be disregarded as well due to its swelling Arab presence; Arabs already form the majority in many parts of the Galilee. The habitable, relatively Jewish Israel within the pre-1967 borders is a beach strip eight to thirty miles wide.
Arabs couldn’t help but keep attacking that Israel before 1967. Disengagement from Judea and Samaria will leave the Jewish beachhead a similarly tempting target.