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It was made on 4 May, 2008. The northern most strip of Gaza is currently no man's land, enforced by Israel, to protect its towns that are right along the border (e.g. Sderot). So I guess the offer is to let it keep that narrow strip in exchange for other bits of Israeli territory adjacent to Gaza.

The Heathlander
by heathlander on Mon Nov 14th, 2011 at 07:36:33 AM EST
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I guess I missed that bit. Maybe I ignored it, regarding the argument of protecting Sderot to be nonsense, since it would be useless against missiles anyway. In any case, Israel seems to regard all non man's land as theirs by default (see the history of their border with Syria) so I doubt they would accept the Palestinian figures (on the unlikely assumption that they would accept the rest of it).
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Nov 14th, 2011 at 02:15:22 PM EST
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Israel for sure doesn't accept the figures - it doesn't even accept that it is occupying the West Bank. But the International Court of Justice is more authoritative than Israel on the status of the West Bank (including 'No Man's Land), and it found, unanimously, that it constitutes occupied Palestinian territory.

The Heathlander
by heathlander on Mon Nov 14th, 2011 at 07:44:43 PM EST
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It also doesn't accept the figures because it, alone in the world, treats East Jerusalem as Israeli territory.

In reporting about Olmert's offer you'll often see it stated that he proposed to annex 6.8% of the West Bank (except for Makovsky, who quotes a figure of 6.3%, which he just made up). Why 6.8% when the figure quoted in the documents (and in this post) is 8.7%? The 6.8% figure is the one used by Israel, achieved by ignoring East Jerusalem (on the basis that it Israeli territory). So all the journalists who repeated the 6.8% figure are effectively endorsing Israel's annexation of East Jerusalem, just because they can't be bothered to read the documents for themselves.

The Heathlander

by heathlander on Mon Nov 14th, 2011 at 07:51:59 PM EST
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