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    • Ernst
    • 06.09.11 | 15:26 (IDT)

    To the best of my understanding, the author is trying to convince us that the creation of a Palestinian state would force the IDF to update its "conventional capacity". so what? is that not necessary now? And anyway, with peace and Palestine existing, Israel will save billions of dollars for not having to maintain the security apparatus of the illegal settlements and will save billions of dollars now spends in subsidizing the illegal settlers. The author forgets that the existence of Palestine as a neighbour of Israel will generate a high peace dividend. Palestine and all the other Arab nations surrounding Israel are in military terms no match with the IDF. Israel has the 5th strongest army in the world, the combined Arab armies are very weak. Since 1967 the difference in strength has only increased. If good at one thing, the Israelis are good at fighting wars. In the field of politics and diplomacy, "upgrading the conventional capacities" is far more urgent. Let the Israeli politicians tell their audience that a palestinian state is good for their economy and their safety,

    from the article: The unforeseen risks of Palestinian statehood
    First published 02:59 06.09.11 | Last updated 02:59 06.09.11
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