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    • r cummings
    • 23.12.09 | 12:56 (IST)

    Israel got along fine in its first twenty years without Jerusalem, the West Bank and the settlers. It won its wars without them and had no shortage of allies and international respect. If it was to leave E J'sem, the WB and Golan tomorrow with a signed peace treaty with the Arabs, it would revert to being a healthy modern democracy and regain its former international standing. It would certainly not collapse, any more than Serbia has without its nationalist 'Greater Serbia' clowns in control. People forget that Israel's xenophobic obsession with seizing other peoples' lands only got traction when Likud won power in 77. The hityashvut suddenly became hitnakhluyot with its Biblical connotations, the term 'Judea and Samaria' was enforced in news reports and the settlement enterprise took off. That was Israel's biggest mistake and is costing it dearly to this day. The nationalist right has done the nation no favours at all, just created a heap of problems.

    from the article: Is it easier to divide Jerusalem or free terrorists?
    First published 01:57 23.12.09 | Last updated 08:46 23.12.09
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