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    • r cummings
    • 21.10.09 | 13:23 (IST)

    given the importance of security and the defensive vulnerability of Israel's 'narrow waist', why has Israel never pressed for a buffer security zone in western Samaria? Between 2 and 10 Km wide, the 6 Jewish settlement blocs ceded to Israel or under Israeli security control, the 5 Pal areas - Qibya, Biddya, Qalqilya, Tulkarm, Rumman - under Area B status (Israeli or international security control, PA civil control and part of Palestine). It would be a sound move in security terms. I think what has happened is that Israel has lost the plot here. To justify the settlements, they are frequently presented as 'defensive necessities'. In military terms, they actually have little value, an invader would by-pass them, plough through them or subdue them. Given that Israel has no chance of keeping the Jordan Valley, isn't it time that real-world security was addressed, rather than false Maginot Line games and political preconditions?

    from the article: Palestinian official: We're ready for talks with U.S., but not Israel
    First published 02:00 21.10.09 | Last updated 12:23 21.10.09
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