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    • stephanie
    • 18.11.09 | 02:45 (IST)

    Lior: Good question ! Simple answer: belligerents may not alter the demographic composition of disputed territories, BECAUSE such alteration will PREJUDICE negotiations. If Jews want to live in the West Bank, they will have to wait until the West Bank is a sovereign state and apply for residence or immigration. They could conceivabley also live there as illegal immigrants and take their chances, after all, illegals often get periodic amnesties. As far as the Etzion bloc, however, I believe the Palestinians have to swallow the consequences of their own intrasigence. Some things are not amenable to reversing the clock. Had they recognized Israel immediately after the 1967 war, they would not have risked losing the land around the Etzion bloc. Now that settlement is so dense that moving is not feasible. In any case the Clinton parameters called for a land swap of equal value for the Etzion bloc, not a bad outcome after all, if you ask me.

    from the article: Abbas: Only solution is to declare Palestinian state
    First published 11:31 17.11.09 | Last updated 11:56 25.11.09
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