Israel demanded too much - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • r cummings
    • 17.12.09 | 11:32 (IST)

    If you start from the standpoint of international law and UN decisions, Israel has NO valid legal claim to ANY land beyond the Green Line. Even the USA and George Bush recognised that. So it doesn't really matter a cuss what emotional-historical-religious-ethnic-realtor attachment the nationalist right claims to it nor how stridently it refuses to leave it, the final settlement will look something like Olmert was proposing. Live with it. Olmert asked for too much. E J'sem on that map is Israeli. No chance at all. The 5 long Israeli 'fingers' sticking into Palestine go too far and disrupt Pal communication arteries and district administration. For clarity, they are: Emmanuel/Kedumim, Ariel/Barkan, Ma'aleh Adumim/Kfar Adumim, Givat Ze'ev/Beit Horon and Efrata/Migdal Oz. No self-respecting non-Israeli would buy that map as it stands, the 5-finger border is a bit too silly, but it would not need all that much adjustment to be a feasible solution.

    from the article: Haaretz exclusive: Olmert's plan for peace with the Palestinians
    First published 03:11 17.12.09 | Last updated 15:17 17.12.09
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