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    • John
    • 25.07.11 | 19:12 (IDT)

    I don't even know where to begin... The map, showing the land promised to Abraham, suggesting Israel has already made "painful compromises" on not taking the land UP TO THE EUPHRATES ie including all of Jordan and and more! Who is he kidding? Even in Biblical times, it is never claimed Israel had borders that extended beyond its current ones, save of course for the West Bank. Israel has not made one painful compromise since its creation - it had no land at all before 1947, so there was nothing to compromise on. The map also suggests that the Balfour Declaration was the last word on the creation of a Jewish state. Firstly, it has no basis in law. Secondly, it specifically contained a get out clause saying that it could only happen if "it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine". Secondly, where are all the Palestinians going to go? - forced movement of a population east has particularly sour echoes of 70 years ago. Even if there is no sovereign state in the West Bank, and although it is legal in international law to annex territory with no sovereign claim to it, surely the claims of the millions of people living there to have a state separate from Israel, in less than half the land they used to live in, is a legitimate one? Finally, the use of the term 'disputed' is technically correct, HOWEVER, even the Israeli courts, as recently as 2004, describe it as a belligerent occupation - so 'occupied' would also be a correct description, if not the definitive one. His request is also based on the argument that other areas are regarded as disputed - such as the Western Sahara - but this is completely different, as the Palestinian - Israeli conflict has been perpetuated by the mass immigration and subsequent creation of Israel - rather than secessionism. Complete and utter, meaningless, slanderous hasbara.

    from the article: The battlefield over Palestinian statehood moves to YouTube
    First published 15:51 25.07.11 | Last updated 15:51 25.07.11
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