Shtrasler writes: "The entire West Bank is 6,000 square kilometers - about 30 percent of all of Israel on the eve of 1967 - but even that little bit official Israel refuses to relinquish ..." Some "little bit." Moreover, he misses the point of the settlements. They said to the Palestinians: we cannot force you to make peace, but the longer you choose war the less land will remain for you. That was, and remains, the only effective Israeli weapon. Land teeming with Arabs, like Gaza, is not a useful part of this tactic, but land settled by Jews, or largely uninhabited, is. Israel must retain a bargaining tool.
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