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    • Zaid
    • 21.02.11 | 13:39 (IST)

    if you recall, Ruth, the recent revelations by Wikileaks show that it's not negotiations the Israeli government is after but capitulation by Abbas and the PA. But let me ask you a couple of questions: what specifically was McEwan being naive about (given your assertion about not negotiating is patently false)? What, may I ask, if the life of the settlements means a dire need for expansion and continued building, would that mean to a future Palestinian state? Would it not involve continued encroachment on its territory in order to sate the appetite of the settlers? So what is the PA to negotiate over? How long before the Palestinians are to be corralled into an ever smaller territory? If my assertion is incorrect, would it mean that, eventually, the settlements would wither and die for lack of expansion? If that’s the case, isn’t the government of Israel just wasting money by continuing to build? Rather than trot out the usual rubbish about the British left and their supposedly reflexive anti-Israeli stance (an argument which could quite easily be reversed and levelled at the far more naive and egregious behaviour of the right in the US (these people really do believe in those childish religious books)), could you address McEwan’s points about settlement expansion?

    from the article: Accepting Jerusalem Prize, McEwan slams Israeli policies
    First published 02:19 21.02.11 | Last updated 02:19 21.02.11
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