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    • Aryeh
    • 14.06.10 | 11:54 (IDT)

    I am assuming your question really is innocent. So, in a nutshell: (1) What the world calls the "West Bank" is historical Judea and Samaria, which, besides being part of Biblical Israel was also the heart of Judea during the 600-700 year period of Jewish sovreignty prior to the Roman expulsion; (2) this land was conquered by Israel after being attacked by Jordan in several wars, including 1967; (3) there has NEVER been a sovreign Palestenian presence on this land; (4) some Israeli maintain that it needs a significant presence on this land for the security of the pre-1967 Israel. The majority of Israelis, while believing that Israel's stake in Judea and Samaria is entirely legitmate, would be willing (and happy) to relinquish this stake (except for Gush Etzion, which was part of 1948 Israel but from which the Jews were slaughtered and expelled in that war)in exchange for a full, just and open peace. This is even true for most of us with respect to Hebron, despite the fact that Orthodox Jews believe the Torah described Abraham's purchase of the Cave specifically to validate the Jewish claim thereto. For real peace (think of Switzerland and Italy), we Israelis are ready for painful concessions.

    from the article: Police officer killed and two wounded in West Bank shooting
    First published 08:10 14.06.10 | Last updated 11:37 14.06.10
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