Tuesday, December 30, 2008

What two-state solution?

Israel: Dismantle the settlements. Return to the 1967 'Green Line' borders.

Editorial, The Daily Star, Lebanon:

'...For the Israelis, once they have exercised this latest spasm of gratuitous bloodletting, there will be yet another opportunity to accept the oft-proved impossibility of a military solution. The Palestinian people will not be battered into submission, no amount of air strikes will make the core issues in the moribund peace process go away, and all of the same difficult decisions will still be waiting when the dust settles. All of the broad outlines and even some of the nitty-gritty details of a durable peace have been known for years, and a very generous offer -- unanimously endorsed by the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference -- has been on the table since 2002.'
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But Israel's right wing doesn't want a solution, or a peace process. They want the Palestinians to 'go away,' by whatever means necessary. They have refused to define Israel's borders, a necessary step in resolution, because they want even more land, they want 'Eretz Israel,' and they'll start wars to gain, and keep, power. 
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