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What you propose will never come to pass, the amount of money to be given away will never be given. It is far easier to spend the money on armnaments and war than on reparations and peace.

So we have a choice between the single state and the two state solution. The israelis are terrified of the single state solution and know in their hearts that sooner or later they will have to accept the 67 borders and a two-state. Their problem is that they don't know how to get from where we are to where everyone knows they will end up.

And the problem is the settlers. Most israelis would trade the 67 borders for peace tomorrow. But the settlers and likud and all the other myriad religious fanatics would rather die than give up the West bank and that's the real problem. Most israelis cannot bear the idea of jew killing jew as they know that the idea of Israel would die if there was a civil war. Yet, short of such a scenario, there is no way of evicting the settlers from the land they wish to give the palestinians.

So, the settlers, whatever  minority they are in the total israeli population, have a veto over the only sensible course of action. Because they are willing to have a civil war over the West bank and most israelis will not.

Nor is there a compromise territory, cos the water courses in the West Bank run from W - E and have been taken over by the settlers, so the bits that are left are both divided and waterless. It would make more sense to divide the whole area into two north and south, but that's not going to happen. It's the 67 border or nothing.

And right now, it's nothing. The israelis have chosen eternal war with the palestinians as a proxy for the internal divide they are terrified of confronting

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jan 5th, 2009 at 03:57:43 PM EST

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