Several issues stand in the way of an agreement, including Turkish demands of unfettered access to the Gaza Strip, and Hamas activity in Turkey.17:16 11.02.16 | 0 comments
Josh makes an important step by accepting that the West Bank and Gaza Strip are not legitimate Israeli territory. What is? The answer is three part: a) Currently only those areas coloured blue on the UN's 1947 map are legally Israeli territory. They exclude Beersheba, Sederot, much of the North etc. b) These areas and Israel's other territorial gains from the 1948 war could legitimately be Israeli territory if (i) Israel claimed sovereignty over them and (ii) the PLO did not dissent. So far, surprisingly, the PLO has not claimed back these lands, so the ball is in Israel's court. There is a future (c): whatever land Israel negotiates with the PLO in a one-for-one land swap. The Pals have said in the past that they were willing to swop 2% of the West Bank, which suggests Gush Etzion, Modin Illit and a couple of other towns on the Green Line. Israel wants 8% or a dozen major settlements, some far over the Green Line. So the future answer will be somewhere in between.