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I think you are referring to a 2 state solution along 1967 borders with a shared Jerusalem.

Is the territory allocated to the Palestinians enough for a viable country?

The land is semi-aired. Water has always been a high priority item. Would a Palestinian state actually have enough? It is possible, for example, that a first world country would have enough while a third world country would not.

I suspect that part of what has driven Israel to expand its borders at every available opportunity is that what was allocated to Israel in 1948 was not really a viable country. Even Palestine in its entirety has viability problems - especially around water. Expansion into Lebanon to gain control of water resources would definitely make things easier.

aspiring to genteel poverty

by edwin (eeeeeeee222222rrrrreeeeeaaaaadddddd@@@@yyyyaaaaaaa) on Mon Feb 4th, 2008 at 11:26:25 AM EST
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No, there is not enough water in the non-occupied parts of the West Bank for the current population.

Yes, one of consistent tactics of the settlement expansions has been to capture groundwater - although whether that's done on purpose or simply as a side-effect of grabbing the richest land first I don't know.

No, there is not enough water for everyone as it is. The water level in the Dead Sea is dropping fast.

No, there is not going to be more water in the future - if anything, the region is going to become more arid.

Yes, water consumption is greater in industrialised states due to mechanised agricultural irrigation.

Yes, the region is screwed. Badly.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Feb 4th, 2008 at 12:32:42 PM EST
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While industrial states use more water - they also have access to technology like desalinization plants that may be out of reach for a 3rd world country.

Yes, the region is screwed. Badly.

Yup.

aspiring to genteel poverty

by edwin (eeeeeeee222222rrrrreeeeeaaaaadddddd@@@@yyyyaaaaaaa) on Mon Feb 4th, 2008 at 04:25:35 PM EST
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Only if they have access to energy. Are they gonna have that?

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Feb 5th, 2008 at 02:08:17 AM EST
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I think so. They already have a nuke plant - and courtesy of apartheid s. Africa they have a certain amount of U - probably enough for 200 nukes.

Probably solar would work out ok in the region as well.

aspiring to genteel poverty

by edwin (eeeeeeee222222rrrrreeeeeaaaaadddddd@@@@yyyyaaaaaaa) on Tue Feb 5th, 2008 at 09:46:36 AM EST
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