Barak's 'generous offer' is nothing of the sort - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Abe Hayeem
    • 01.09.10 | 14:29 (IDT)

    This clever offer still means that Israel will have a stranglehold over East Jerusalem and more removal of Palestinians from majority Arab areas like Silwan, in the ever-growing 'City of David', in Sheikh Jarrah which is is near the tomb of Shim'on, and in Ras El-Amud and the valley of Kidron which surrounds the Mount of Olives. All of East Jerusalem is surrounded by illegal Israeli settlements from the earliest ones like French Hill, Ramot and Ramat Eshkol, to the later ones like Gilo, Har Homa and East Talpiot, to Pisgat Ze'ev, Neveh Yaakov , and stretching to the wide boundaries of E1 andn Maale Adumim, of 'Metropolitan Jerusalem. This has fragmented all the Palestinian neighbourhoods, cutting them off from the West Bank heartland which has also been fragmented with the matrix of control and the hundreds of illegal settlements, which after the annexation of the Jordan valley leaves less than 15 percent of the occupied territories for a spaghetti-like Palestinian canton. This is with the agenda to effectively remove or confine the Palestinians into small enclosed enclaves, totally under Israeli control.Yet if Israel withdraws completely to the pre-1967 line, there is a chance of a possible 2 state solution. Since it is clear that this is not even remotely on the agenda, unless the US and the rest impose the strongest sanctions on Israel (which it is clear they will not wish to do) we are left with endless conflict and injustice for the foreseeable future.

    from the article: Barak: Israel ready to cede parts of Jerusalem in peace deal
    First published 10:01 01.09.10 | Last updated 10:01 01.09.10
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