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    • Tosefta
    • 02.03.07 | 18:25 (IST)

    Nick, the Golan is legally different from the West Bank. The Golan was Syrian territory, and cannot be acquired by Israel legally. If Israel just keeps waiting and stalling, a democratic regime will rise in Syria one day and they will demand the Golan. You can then expect the rest of the world to tell Israel: You have to give it back, that's the Law. So why waste our time and got a few wars in the meantime? The West Bank has no legal standing of a state. It is part of mandatory Palestine over which there was a civil war between the Jews and Arabs. It can go to any side in principle. I would support any peace deal that leaves Israel secure in a reasonable way. Realistically, it will happen after some exchange of territory with Israel. If the outcome is that Israel does not gain any net territory (which is the most likely), I will have no problem with that. See the simple fact: Suppose Olmert insists on keeping the "wall" as the border, thus annexing some 10% of the West Bank to Israel. This amounts to some 3% of pre-67 Israel. Should I go to war over this pittance? I rather wait for the Messiah and let him do his miracle tricks.

    from the article: Some serious thoughts on Syria
    First published 00:00 02.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 02.03.07
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