If Israel wants to be considered a member of the Western civilisation, it will have to adhere to the same standards as the Western countries. If it wants to be a part of the Middle East, it will have to accept a fully sovereign and viable Palestinian state, with an army, or one state with its Palestininan citizens as equals. Anything less suggests Israel asks for impunity for its policies. Fences and settlements will only serve to diminish Israel's legitimacy abroad. Israel now has what it needs, now give the Palestinians what they need: a state within the 1967 borders and an end to occupation. In the long run, it will be in Israel's best interest.
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