Israel has backed itself into a corner - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Miles
    • 30.05.13 | 19:42 (IDT)

    by illegal occupation, confiscation of private property (territory) in contravention of international laws, and committed and is committing human rights and humanitarian law violations. By thinking the government was so clever to build on Palestinian territory (territory is different than land) and assuming that it could just keep that territory, it cannot move forward without backing itself further into a corner. With the demographic, strategic and political/diplomatic situations (of its own making), it is really in a pickle. For to actually sit down in negotiation with Palestine, it cannot legitimately demand anything, it must sue for peace and return what it illegally stole. Palestine does not legally have to give anything to Israel, contrary to the constant silly demands ('Jewish state'?? No other nation is required to do that. It is a patently transparent and petty ploy). These silly demands are the shield Israel is counting on to perpetuate the status quo - Palestinian negotiators refusing to acquiesce, and retaining and asserting their human and legal rights, which Israel turns around and then tries to disingenuously portray as 'intransigence and stubborn refusal' to negotiate. It was a neat trick before the Internet and the loss of superior 'media management' (i.e., control of media propaganda and the Israeli false narrative), but this is no longer the case. The only way out of the corner for Israel is to wave the white flag and figure out how to evacuate the all of the settlements, withdraw the occupation & siege troops, separate water & power grids and begin the honest transparent, cooperative and internationally overseen state-building measures for Palestine. To continue on the present course is to commit national suicide, which would be sad.

    from the article: Israeli officials: Palestinian leaders inventing excuses to avoid resuming peace talks
    First published 14:13 30.05.13 | Last updated 13:52 30.05.13
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