Point 3 - Which 'settlements remaining?' - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • r cummings
    • 24.11.09 | 21:04 (IST)

    It is easy to talk about Jewish settlements remaining on the West Bank and how the good settlers can be Israeli or Palestinian citizens or both. It overlooks the problem of security. Many outlying, ultra-religious settlements have made lifelong enemies by stealing land, burning olive groves and beating up the shepherds. They are safe just now only because the IDF runs 24/7 protection. In an independent Palestine, there is no way that the Pal security forces, with the minimal numbers permitted, can do that routine. The only settlements that can effectively be defended, on the McChrystal formula, are probably those with 5,000+ inhabitants. The remaining 100+ are too small and too remote. And you can't have armed settlers in Palestine, any more than you could have armed Brit residents in the Dordogne. The bottom line is that there will be no more than a dozen settlements remaining. The remainder can usefully provide homes to start housing the ROR refugees and clearing the camps..

    from the article: A Palestinian peace plan Israelis can live with
    First published 12:16 24.11.09 | Last updated 12:43 24.11.09
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