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    • Settlements have produced results.....
    • 01.07.10 | 01:06 (IDT)

    To the contrary, it seems to me that for all of the suffering and obprobrium the settlements have brought, they have also brought the most important development on the road to peace, which is, of course, the reconciliation of the Arab position with the existence of Israel. Had the credible threat of settlement of all of the West Bank and Gaza not been manifested, we'd still be arguing over which parts, if any, of the pre-67 Israel that Israelies are entitled to hold. Instead, we are now arguing over which parts of Jerusalem Palestinians ought to have when the gt a state in the West Bank and Gaza. It is a very important shift to the fundamentals of this conflict. Prior to the settlements, we had the Three Noes. Now we have the Arabs accepting our existence as fact that will not change.

    from the article: Strenger Than Fiction / Israel must admit its mistakes
    First published 16:25 30.06.10 | Last updated 16:25 30.06.10
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