On the way to peace, make the Pals pay for the end of occupation - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • William
    • 27.02.06 | 17:11 (IST)

    On the same order that brought around the settlements in the early 1970's. The settlements were less a product of "wishing for a Greater Israel" as it was a unilateral move to bring the Pals to negotiations. After 1967, Israel tried to give the land back to Egypt and Jordan for peace - neither accepted. They tried to negotiate with Arafat in a Land for Peace deal..he didn't accept. Infact, he stated his goal to continue to kill Israelis until the State of Israel disappeared. By placing settlements within the West Bank and Gaza, the Pals quickly realized what their fate would be if they chose to NOT negotiate. Arafat wanted it all, then to negotiate for more items. Today, Hamas wants of its demands to be met by Israel, THEN they'll talk about peace in stages. It's the same. Israel will leave the West Bank, but on the way, show the Pals what the alternative to honest negotiations would be....then, you'll have a partner to talk to.

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