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    • Ernst
    • 18.04.05 | 15:50 (IDT)

    Ash, to see the peace process as a game, in which you don't show cards is for Israelis quite normal: to the rest of the world it spells a mentality of 'we must get out of as little territory as possible, as late as possible with as much profit as possible. We're in this game to profit, and our profit is measured in dunams, cheap labor and a garanteed and closed consuming market'. What I'm trying to address is this basic mistaken Israeli concept of the occupied territories, its inhabitants and how to make peace with them. Israel has to return Gaza and the West Bank to Palestine, not 'give them away'. It means merely correcting a wrong, returning a stolen item. Israelis will some day have to come to terms with the fact that morally as an occupier and oppressor, Israel owes very much to the Palestinians. They will have to return the West Bank, to return the stolen possessions in Israel itself (all the dunams of land, the houses, the factories, etc) or pay a decent market price for them in compensation. In short: settle all the Israeli debts to the Palestinians. That's what one calls peace-making. Not: half-hearted squabbling over a road block here, a residency permit there, an illegal settlement here, an illegal outpost, changing an occupation localy into an open air prison, etc, etc. That's called haggeling and it has nothing to do what so ever with peace making.

    from the article: There's no partner
    First published 00:00 18.04.05 | Last updated 00:00 18.04.05
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