As long as there are setlements - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 27.03.11 | 14:13 (IST)

    No stateless foreign occupied population has ever lived in lasting peace with the occupier. As long as there are setlements, there can be no end to the occupation. Not ending the occupation means "No to a Palestinian state". No Palestian state means no peace nor security to Israel. True, "there are no iron clad guarantees that there will never be any terror attacks after a final status agreement." But one thing is sure and absolutely guaranteed: Time is long past when an Army clashing, not with another Army, but with a foreign and stateless people, could bring a definitive military solution. What other countries, much more powerful than Israel could ever be, have learned a long time ago at great cost, the Israelis have yet to understand. Keeping ignoring it can only lead them to disaster. "We are heading downhill towards near-catastrophe. If we go on living by the sword, we will continue to wallow in the mud and destroy ourselves." (Yaakov Perry, former Shin Bet chief, Nov 2003). www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/nov/15/israel -- "If we don't end the occupation, the occupation will end us." (Haim Ramon, former Labor Minister of Justice, Ynet, Apr 12, 2005) -- "To recognize error, to cut losses, to alter course, is the most repugnant option in government." (Historian Barbara Tuchman, twice winner of the Pulitzer Price, in her "March of Folly - From Troy to Vietnam", 1984)

    from the article: Israel's problem is the settlements, not J Street
    First published 01:17 27.03.11 | Last updated 01:17 27.03.11
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