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    • dani
    • 02.01.10 | 22:41 (IST)

    Israel has said to the Arabs: ok, we are negotiating in order to get to an agreement. It takes time. Whatever you're imagining the situation is in the West Bank, it is very far from being one where you can unilaterally pull down territories. 1. We've tried that in Gaza in 2005. We got Hamas and missiles since then 2. It cost us 2.5 billion for 15.000 people. There are over 400.000 people in the West bank (not including Jerusalem) 3. Previous peace proposals included exchange of territories (with Israel keeping the main continuous population centres near 67 border). The Palestinians and Arabs refuse. They are too stubborn. They know they don’t have to make any compromise, since all the fat oil-rich countries are grabbing the West by the balls. 4. Any simplistic world view of the type: “Get them all out” shows either a complete misunderstanding of the complexity of the situation, or a cynical, propagandist and lazy point of view.

    from the article: Saudi FM: Israel is acting like a spoiled child
    First published 17:56 02.01.10 | Last updated 20:00 02.01.10
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