Last week, I posted on the subject of the West Bank's two-tiered justice system, dredging up something I had written several years ago but still believe adamantly: "Inside the borders of Israel proper, Arabs and Jews are judged by the same set of laws in the same courtrooms; across the Green Line, Jews live under Israeli civil law as well, but their Arab neighbors -- people who live, in some cases, just yards away -- fall under a different, and substantially undemocratic, set of laws, administered by the Israeli Army."
This elicited a response from Yisrael Medad, a prominent settler, who wrote on his blog the following:
People, like Jeffrey Goldberg, complain of a two-tiered justice system on the West Bank.
Let's get this straight: the Arabs living in Judea and Samaria are not citizens of Israel. So, they can't vote. Just like an Israeli living in the United States but who is not a citizen cannot vote. Arabs of the new Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem, if they opted for an Israeli ID, can vote in the city's municipal elections.
Otherwise, they have a democratic system in place. And they can enjoy justice.
They can appeal, still, to the High Court of Justice. The police, firemen and Hadassah Hospital are their's. As long as no peace treaty has been fully worked out, and their terror continues, and their incitement continues, and their educational system is hateful, among other negatives, why shouldn't there be a two-tiered system?
Let's run through this quickly. First, "Arabs living in Judea and Samaria are not citizens of Israel. So, they can't vote." Imagine the following sentence, justifying apartheid: "Blacks in South Africa are black. Therefore, they can't vote." How is this an argument and not a tautology? Obviously (or not obviously, to some people) this is the crux of the situation -- Arabs on the West Bank are denied voting rights in Israel, and are also denied the right to separate completely from Israel. (Their leaders haven't helped the situation, but the Israelis have not helped much either.) A more accurate, if still tautological, statement would have read: "Israel will not enfranchise Arabs living in Judea and Samaria. Therefore, they are disenfranchised."