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    • Zionist
    • 08.04.10 | 00:00 (IDT)

    I am a Zionist. And I have close Palestinan friends. We both understand this: Israel is not divided when it comes to one fact. No Jew, whether an activist member of Peace Now, like myself, or a Likudnik with Haredim instincts will ever accept an ?imposed solution.? It doesn?t matter what country or group of countries structures their idealistic vision of a just compromise. Can any American imagine us accepting an imposed solution on us visa vie boundaries, and security issues? Israel is a small but well-established sovereign country. The same rules apply. She, together with the Palestinians, must decide what is the final form of a peace with the Palestinians. President Obama, however does have leverage. He can secretly inform Netanyahu that Israel?s settlement expansion may lead to the US unilaterally recognizing Palestine before completion of peace negotiations. As for Jerusalem, the solution is for Israelis and Palestinians to accept the idea of shared sovereignty over the city. Wherever one flag flies let them both fly. Jerusalem?s residents can vote in whichever national election they choose. Arab and Israeli mayors can rotate. A council can work together to administer municipal needs. It would be a city without checkpoints, without checking identities. Neighborhoods and the city itself would be undivided. Buy property anywhere you want, whatever your national identity. Let zoning regulations preserve ethnic identity through fair apportionment and custom--not on the basis of ancient or extremist claims.

    from the article: Report: Obama mulls new Mideast peace plan
    First published 17:47 07.04.10 | Last updated 22:16 07.04.10
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