...all this is especially true if Israel intends on holding on to any West Bank territory. Unfortunately, what the israeli left often ignores, is that genuine security concerns are a major reason why Israel has not yet ceded the West Bank. We're not only talking military security here (ie the Jordan Valley, plus the fact that the West Bank is a mountain range, while Israel-proper is flat), but also RESOUrce security. Check out a map of the aquifers in the territory between the Jordan and the Mediterranean, as well as a map of the upstream sources of the Kinerret, then overlay that with post-1967 annexed/settled territory, and you'll see what i mean. All this points to the fact that an inflexible Zionist ethos puts Israel in a bind that reveals the inherent racism underlying the nation state system. Israel's bad luck that it's the most obvious example. Ironically, Israel inhereted this problem by modeling itself after upitty fortress Europe.
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