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    • steve
    • 25.08.10 | 14:12 (IDT)

    There can be no real peace without an end to the conflict, and no end to the conflict without a resolution of the basic issues between the Jewish and Arab people, which AB says can't be resolved. If these issues indeed can't be resolved in a year, the question is whether the any alteration of the current situation will improve the position of BOTH people. Given the extremely small space 'between the river and the sea,' it might be easier to strike an agreement that recognizes the fundamental demands of both people -- the legitimacy of Israel as a Jewish homeland, the need to rehabilitate the Palestinian refugees, a viable Palestinian state with some acceptable accommodation on Jerusalem, and measures to assure Israel's security. And given the fact that Israel has in the past essentially agreed to these 'basic' Palestinian demands, it seems as though Palestinian acceptance if Israel's basic demands is the key to a lasting peace.

    from the article: August 2011
    First published 01:51 25.08.10 | Last updated 01:51 25.08.10
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