#47 Der Zauberberg - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • J Thomas
    • 29.03.10 | 10:45 (IDT)

    "Bush "formally recognized settlements that had been established on territory conquered in 1967" (ibid)." You make too much of this. Bush's vague statement is a fine example of the dangers making off-the-cuff statements when picky people will want their own interpretations. "Israel must have secure and recognized borders, which should emerge from negotiations between the parties in accordance with UNSC Resolutions 242 and 338. In light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli populations centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949" Negotiated borders. Unrealistic to expect.... So from 2004 to 2008 US policy had a sentence about what might be expected from negotiations. Before and after that it did not. Not a big deal. Bush's letter said nothing about what Israel would offer. Israel would give up enough in exchange to get agreement.

    from the article: Peres blames Netanyahu for breaching Jerusalem status quo
    First published 01:36 28.03.10 | Last updated 02:02 28.03.10
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