David Singer


David Singer is an Australian Lawyer, a Foundation Member of the International Analyst Network and Convenor of Jordan is Palestine International--an organization calling for sovereignty of the West Bank and Gaza to be allocated between Israel and Jordan as the two successor States to the Mandate for Palestine. Previous articles written by him can be found at: jordanispalestine.blogspot.com

Most Recent Articles by David Singer:

United Nations, Egypt and Jordan could scuttle Trump’s peace plan

Dec 12, 2018 — David Singer

United Nations, Egypt and Jordan could scuttle Trump's peace plan
President Trump’s long-awaited peace plan to end the Arab-Jewish conflict—slated for release by the end of January 2019—could be indefinitely shelved.

This possibility has emerged following the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) failing to pass an American-sponsored resolution A/73/L.42 (“Resolution”) - condemning Hamas and other militant organisations in Gaza for indiscriminate attacks on Israel’s civilian population.


UN-Hamas day of infamy mars Trump-Israel day of celebration

Dec 9, 2018 — David Singer

UN-Hamas day of infamy mars Trump-Israel day of celebration
December 6, 2018 marks the day the United Nations General Assembly (“UNGA”) infamously sold its soul to evil by failing to agree on whether a resolution condemning Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza required a two-thirds—or simple—majority vote.

December 6, 2018 also happened to be the first anniversary of President Trump’s announcement of America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the intended relocation of America’s Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.


Trump stand shames UN rejection of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Dec 5, 2018 — David Singer

Trump stand shames UN rejection of Jerusalem as Israel's capitalDecember 6 marks the first anniversary of President Trump’s historic and ground-breaking announcement to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the American Embassy to Jerusalem.

President Trump’s decision flew in the face of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 on 23 December 2016 reaffirming that:

“the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace”

 


Jordan-Israel peace agenda trumps PLO-UN war agenda

Dec 3, 2018 — David Singer

Jordan-Israel peace agenda trumps PLO-UN war agenda
Jordan and Israel are becoming enmeshed in a binational agenda requiring urgent direct negotiations - which if successfully concluded - could end the 100-years old Jewish-Arab conflict.

That agenda includes:

  1. Redrawing the existing Jordan-Israel international boundary after allocating sovereignty in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) between their two respective States.
  2. Clarifying the right of Jews to enter and pray at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem - currently controlled by Jordan as Custodian of the Islamic holy sites
  3. Renewing 25 year leases of two areas leased by Jordan to Israel for agricultural use that expire next year.
  4. Increasing the amount of water currently being supplied by Israel to Jordan
  5. Progressing the feasibility of constructing the Mediterranean-Dead Sea Canal
  6. Financing the Red Sea‚ÄìDead Sea Water Conveyance -  a planned pipeline that runs from the coastal city of Aqaba to the Lisan area in the Dead Sea.

 


Australia’s Jerusalem Embassy move sinks in sea of Islamic threats

Nov 21, 2018 — David Singer

Australia's Jerusalem Embassy move sinks in sea of Islamic threats
Forget about Australia moving its Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Indonesian threats to not sign a free trade agreement with Australia—coupled with veiled Malaysian suggestions of terrorist attacks on Australian targets if the Embassy is moved - will suffice to burst Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s thought-bubble.


Will President Trump say “West Bank” or “Judea and Samaria”?

Nov 14, 2018 — David Singer

Will President Trump say West Bank. or Judea and Samaria
President Trump - having rejected a barrage of criticism since describing himself as a “nationalist” - faces a further torrent of invective should he choose to say “Judea and Samaria” rather than “West Bank” in his soon to-be-released peace proposals.

Arab propaganda has used “West Bank” since 1949 to obliterate any Jewish connection to one of the two remaining pieces of land under the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine where sovereignty still remains undetermined between Jews and Arabs.


Trump triumphs as Oman and Brazil step up and PLO bows out

Nov 6, 2018 — David Singer

Trump triumphs as Oman and Brazil step up and PLO bows out
Oman has broken ranks with the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) by endorsing President Trump’s efforts to resolve the Arab-Jewish conflict.

The PLO has made it crystal-clear on many occasions that it wanted nothing to do with Trump’s upcoming proposals. The PLO Central Council also threatened on 30 October to suspend its recognition of the State of Israel and halt security coordination with Israel.


Trump’s one-state solution: A Jordan enclave in the West Bank

Oct 31, 2018 — David Singer

Trump's one-state solution: A Jordan enclave in the West Bank
United States Secretary of Defense - James Mattis—remarkably failed to mention “the two-state solution”, or even the “Palestinian-Israeli conflict” in his keynote address—“US Policy in a Changing Middle East”—delivered at the International Institute for Strategic Affairs 14th Regional Security Summit in Manama, Bahrein held between 26-28 October.

Mattis’ pointed omissions can only fuel speculation that a “one-state solution”—possibly involving the creation of a Jordan enclave in the West Bank - could now be uppermost in President Trump’s thinking.


Jordan and Israel: Trump’s only viable two-state solution

Oct 24, 2018 — David Singer

Jordan and Israel: Trump's only viable two-state solution
Four major developments in the past week have heightened expectations that President Trump will have no option but to call on Jordan and Israel to negotiate the allocation of sovereignty between their two respective States in the West Bank and Gaza—5% of the territory comprised in the 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine (Mandate) .

Jordan and Israel are the two successor States to the Mandate currently exercising sovereignty in the other 95% of the Mandate territory—Jordan 78%, Israel 17%.


Jordan jumps on Trump bandwagon leaving PLO way behind

Oct 18, 2018 — David Singer

Jordan jumps on Trump bandwagon leaving PLO way behind
Any lingering thought that the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) would have any role to play in President Trump’s soon to-be-released peace plan has vanished - after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that $165 million had been deducted from funding to the PLO because of its continuing “pay for slay” policy in breach of the Taylor Force Act.


Trump rejects UN and UNESCO’s fictitious Palestinian state

Oct 11, 2018 — David Singer

Trump rejects UN and UNESCO's fictitious Palestinian state
President Trump’s National Security Adviser - John Bolton - has exposed the fiction that there is a legally-constituted “State of Palestine”—shredding United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations (UN) resolutions misleadingly recognising such a state when none - in fact—exists.

Bolton was unequivocal in his statement:


Jordan enclave in West Bank could be Trump’s “two-state” solution

Oct 3, 2018 — David Singer

Jordan enclave in West Bank could be Trump's two-state solution
Creating another Palestinian Arab state—in addition to Jordan - has been seemingly consigned to the garbage bin of history following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s CNN interview on 28 September.

President Trump had just told Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly:


Trump’s PLO shutdown paves way for Jordan-West Bank reunification

Sep 27, 2018 — David Singer

Trump's PLO shutdown paves way for Jordan-West Bank reunification

President Trump’s decision to close the PLO mission in Washington, cancel the visas of the Palestinian Ambassador and his family and order their bank accounts be closed - mark the PLO’s final humiliation for condemning Trump’s proposed peace plan before its contents have even been published.

Strangely however the United States still maintains that direct negotiations between Israel and the PLO are the only way forward.


Trump squeezes UNRWA, checkmates PLO and incentivises Jordan

Sep 13, 2018 — David Singer

President Trump has created a veritable diplomatic tsunami affecting the political fortunes of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Hamas and Jordan - with his decision to cease all future donations to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) - currently US$360million per annum and comprising about 30% of UNRWA’s budget.

The numbers of UNRWA-registered Palestinian Arab refugees in Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza have been increasing in leaps and bounds annually because they include all the descendants of those Palestinian Arabs caught up in the 1948 and 1967 Arab-Israel wars.


Jordan’s re-entry into West Bank looms large as Trump dumps PLO

Sep 6, 2018 — David Singer

Jordan's re-entry into West Bank looms large as Trump dumps PLO
Two major developments this past week could see a large part of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) being reunified with Jordan—as existed between 1948 and 1967 - or becoming a Jordanian enclave -under President Trumps’ yet-to-be- announced “ultimate deal”  intended to resolve the 100 years-old Arab-Jewish conflict.

Those developments were:


Trump turns screws as PLO creates fake news on Jerusalem and refugees

Aug 30, 2018 — David Singer

President Trump cancelled more than $US200 million in aid to the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) this week - following his earlier decisions:

  • reducing America’s contribution to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) by about $US300 million and
  • recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the US Embassy there.

An infuriated PLO has responded by making the following false claims concerning Jerusalem and aid to refugees in the West Bank and Gaza—which have been uncritically and unquestioningly reported as news:


Trump anoints Jordan to replace PLO in negotiations with Israel

Aug 22, 2018 — David Singer

Trump anoints Jordan to replace PLO in negotiations with Israel
The three day visit to Israel this week by President Trump’s National Security Advisor—John Bolton—indicates Jordan will replace the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)  in concluding negotiations with Israel to resolve territorial sovereignty in Judea and Samaria (West Bank), East Jerusalem and Gaza (“the disputed territories”) under Trump’s peace plan.

Bolton’s visit follows a former Jordanian ambassador—Walid Sadi - last week signalling Jordan is ready to fill the diplomatic void following the breakdown of Israel-PLO negotiations unsuccessfully conducted during the last 25 years. The PLO refuses to negotiate on Trump’s plan.


Jordan-Israel negotiations on Trump peace plan set to bypass PLO

Aug 14, 2018 — David Singer

Jordan-Israel negotiations on Trump peace plan set to bypass PLO
Jordan-Israel negotiations based on President Trump’s long-awaited peace plan seem increasingly likely to happen - following retired Jordanian Ambassador and former editor of the Jordan Times – Walid Sadi – flagging Jordan’s legal and sovereignty claims in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and East Jerusalem (“disputed territories”).

Sadi - in an op-ed article in the Jordan Times on 12 August - has forcefully argued that Jordan’s decision to cut off all legal and administrative relations with the disputed territories in July 1988 did not amount to Jordan ceding its claims to sovereignty for the following reasons:


Trump and Israel dabble in Hamas and PLO quicksand

Aug 8, 2018 — David Singer

Trump and Israel dabble in Hamas and PLO quicksand
President Trump’s attempt to see a five-year Gaza ceasefire negotiated between Hamas and Israel seems to be an exercise in futility destined to failure.

America’s involvement first surfaced on 7 July when “an unnamed senior Trump administration official” stated:


Trump should reject PLO and UN propaganda on East Jerusalem

Aug 2, 2018 — David Singer

Trump should reject PLO and UN propaganda on East Jerusalem
President Trump’s as-yet unannounced “ultimate deal” to resolve the Arab-Jewish conflict has received a setback following Saudi Arabia’s King Salman reassuring Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas that Saudi Arabia would oppose any Trump peace plan that did not accept the PLO stance on East Jerusalem becoming the capital of an independent Palestinian Arab state.

The PLO claim to East Jerusalem is based on its own propaganda and that of the United Nations which claims East Jerusalem to be “occupied territory”.