Occupation? Who holds the moral high ground? The facts: - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 25.04.10 | 12:26 (IDT)

    For substantially two millennia, the Jewish population of Palestine was less than 10%. A massive wave of Jewish immigration began in the 20th century. By 1931, 17 percent of the population of Palestine were Jews, an increase of six percent since 1922. The European powers deciding the issue of Jewish settlement in Palestine were classic colonialists glad to give land which was not theirs. The local Arabs naturally protested and resisted, ultimately by refusal to recognize Israel when overwhelmed by force and Western diplomacy. It was a simple case of an unacceptable imposed solution on the Arabs. But that situation fundamentally changed with the Arab League Peace Initiative of 2002, aka the "Saudi Plan", offering the Jewish State far more territorial benefit than the United Nations allowed in 1948. This represents a generous settlement, and any Israeli pretensions beyond that, namely beyond the 1967 armistice line, are patently absurd, both legally and morally. Especially morally Is the '67 Green Line making 77 % Israeli, 23% Palestinian, per the Saudi Plan not ?fair? enough for Israelis? The Occupied West Bank is 2,270 square miles. Gaza is 139 square miles. Israel proper is 7,992 square miles. The Palestinian people have arguably more rights to ALL of Palestine than do the Jewish people, who never exceeded 10% (far less than 10%) of the population of Palestine for nearly the entire past two millennia, until about the 1920's.

    from the article: Abbas urges Obama to impose Mideast peace solution
    First published 11:47 24.04.10 | Last updated 22:38 24.04.10
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