#34, Mark on disputed territories - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Cipora Julianna Kohn
    • 16.11.09 | 10:55 (IST)

    every case of diputed territory starts at a certain point in history and ends at a certain point in history. there was no plo before 1964, and no pal claim on the west bank before 1967. once the arabs unleashed the yom kippur war, the situation changed immediately. the pals, no longer under jordanian rule, felt free, with others' encouragement, to lay a claim to certain territories, such as gaza and the west bank. since the territories were conquerred by israel, she was then in a position to make demands of her own, under unscr 242. this history cannot be denied. it will not be denied. the territories are disputed and will remain so until there is a final status agreement between the parties: israel and the palestinins. believe me, when i say it, israel is in no position to relinquish ever centimeter of the west bank. israel will retain most, if not all, of the major settlement blocs. she will so do either through agreement, or through war, if it is thrust upon her.

    from the article: Would Israel accept a state-and-a-half solution?
    First published 02:07 16.11.09 | Last updated 15:42 16.11.09
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