@Humanist Of course the Pakestinians have the right to have their own state in secure borders. The UN Partition Plan of 1947 specifically allowed for two states, one Arab, one 'Jewish' with Jersusalem as an international city that neither state had sovereignty over. As you know, the Jewish part of Palestine declared statehood while the Arab part did not Cohen new state of Israel was not given the right by the Arab world that the Palestinians now demand and the Arabs lost even more land as Israel ended up with the 1948 armistice lines. These are now the generally accepted borders of Israel (though not in Gaza or much of the Muslim world). Given the current Israeli leadership, I would not be surprised if a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood dies not result in an invasion by Israel, much like the Arab invasions of 1947. That said, it is vital for both sides to negotiate peace and borders. The PLO might have to forget Gaza in order to get the state it wants and needs, unless Hamss are prepared to be part of the negotiations and accept the results. Israel should definitely suspend all settlement activity not already well under way until the status of the land they are on is agreed : if some settlement blocks on the Green Line are part of a land swap deal, then development could continue on the future. Clearly the barrier must be moved to whatever borders are agreed: in theong term, peace permitting, it will come down again. Abbas has made several noises that look like genuine offers of peace. Likud think it is just rhetoric. They should call his bluff, if that's what they think it is. What is the worst that can happen?
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