Definition of Settlement Freeze important - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Reid
    • 13.11.09 | 21:56 (IST)

    All, The definition of settlement freeze is important. If territory within the Corpus Separatum (Jerusalem) is considered 'occupied', then Israel has no claim to it. This, of course, has always been the Palestinian position. Jews have no history in Israel (being really Khazars, not descendents of ancient Israel) and have no claim to the Western Wall, Jewish Holy Places, etc. If the Burns' poistion that Israel has no valid claims across the Green Line, then why are Palestinian claims across the Green Line still on the table. Consequently, the negotiation that Burns wants to start puts Israel at a disadvantage. Why would they want to negotiate on that basis? Either take each side's claims across the Green Line off the table or leave them on the table. Israelis don't think that withdrawal to the Green Line will result in'security'. They will just establish Katyusha bases inside Jerusalem. Something must be offered to Israelis as well as to Palestinians.

    from the article: Top U.S. official: We won't accept partial settlement freeze
    First published 15:25 13.11.09 | Last updated 19:23 13.11.09
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