All of it is less than 3% of the Gaza plus the West Bank! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 14.03.07 | 21:41 (IST)

    Do the Math: The West Bank is 5900 square Kilometers Gaza is 477 sq Km together they are 6577 sq Km Peace Now's last report cited 60% of land in all of the settlements is 60,000 dunam (which is 60sq Km). That makes 100% of settlement land to be 150sqKm (or 58 sqMiles or 150,000 dunam. That 150 sq Kilometers is 2.3%. I realize that more is currently taken up with security roads and such, but as the more isolated settlements are negotiated away, the amount of land involved in keeping the larger settlement blocks shrinks to about 5%. The Israelis have previously been willing to discuss land swaps of that size in the southern West Bank. Is this amount of land really worth further delay in a just settlement for the Palestinians?

    from the article: Peace Now: 32% of land held for settlements is private Palestinian property
    First published 00:00 14.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 14.03.07
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