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    • Shahid Khan
    • 09.10.11 | 19:37 (IST)

    When the Quartet and other 'mediators' talk about 'progress' it's hard not to laugh...except it is so tragic. These 'mediators' seem to speak a language that no one else understands. It is gobbledy-gook that means nothing. The EU and US are determined to keep the 'peace process' going on forever but the Israelis and Palestinians are fed up of it Peace wil come because of strategic decisions made by both sides. I think the Palestinians have made a strategic decision, they want UN membership for Palestine based on pre-1967 lines and East Jerusalem as their capital, no ifs and no buts. The Israelis too have made a strategic decision, no more settlement expansion beyond the settlement blocs which they want to annex into Israel. If the Palestinians do not get full pre-67 territory they will abandon Independence and demand Israeli citizenship. If the Israelis cannot get the settlement blocs and a Jewish majority they will almost certainly carry out Population transfer. Strategic decisions will decide this conflict not communiques.

    from the article: Quartet to invite Palestinian, Israeli leaders to meet within days
    First published 19:12 09.10.11 | Last updated 19:12 09.10.11
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