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    "The Jordan Valley and the territories that dominate it shall be under Israeli sovereignty." - Likud Election Platform 2009 Only recently did Netanyahu repeat this fantasy. Right here the Palestinians lose some 15-20% of the West Bank, while the Clinton parameters considered a 5-6% loss, of which about half should be returned in the form of Israeli territory. To this Barak agreed in Taba (2001) while Olmert seems to have agreed to a 1:1 territorial exchage less than 2 years ago. Netanyahu will be laughed out of the peace process with such a map. The laugh will be even louder because this thinking is so outdated. The Jordan Valley was viewed by Israel as protection against Iraqi tanks, but Saddam is dead, Iraq has no tanks, and the IAF can put an end to an Iraqi invasion force. The US freed Israel of the Saddam worry at immense cost, but Likud refuses to consider this as real.

    from the article: Abbas sets conditions for direct talks with Israel
    First published 16:59 05.08.10 | Last updated 16:59 05.08.10
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