Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I simply don't understand the Israeli position. They either want a 2-state solution and should do everything they can to bring it about, which means shutting down the settlements and creating a viable area for an autonomous Palestinian state. Or they don't, in which case they have some choices;-

1) they accept Palestinians into Israeli society and lose their precious Jewish status

2)The Israelis might create apartheid-era bantustans such as Gaza where they can corral Palestinians, but they shouldn't be surprised when they fail as the settlements have taken all of the water resources. They should also be prepared for criticism from the rest of the world (except US or UK)

3) The Israelis drive the Palestinians into the desert. Where they can either go to Jordan (where they're not wanted) or die in the desert. The Israelis obviously won't care either way.

It should be noted that the currently operative option, option 2, becomes option 3 over time.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jun 21st, 2013 at 03:35:06 AM EST
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