Shlomo Avineri is mistaken about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict .... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Smadar
    • 13.01.13 | 17:55 (IST)

    The staged Oslo Accords agreement became overlooked by the very fact that the Israeli Government continued to unilaterally build settlements in the West Bank (Biblical Judea and Samaria) and thus defying UNSCR 242, which implied no conquered territory should be annexed without a negotiated agreement between the states involved in the 1967 Six Day War. Jordan was one of that opposing states and the Palestinians were citizens of Jordan at the time, but the Jordanians relinquinished their responsibility for the West Bank and the Palestinians who lived there. However, this didn't leave the Palestinians dormant, but rather stateless in the region they lived in for centuries as their home, and to which we agreed to have along with their new state in 1948! In addition, Avineri comments that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not unique to that of the conflicts in Kosovo, Cypress, Bosnia and Kashmir. I completely disagree. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict which has been unresolved for decades, has led to such a violent international escalation with extremists (who've distorted their monotheistic religious origins) to then join the cause of an essentially territorial conflict which could have been resolved in 1967 had Israel withdrawn from some of the territories and the Arabs recognizing its legitimacy. It's very heartbreaking and regrettable to be saying this, but don't be mistaken that there is not a correlation between Americans falling to their deaths from the World Trade Centre in 2001 and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict unresolved. This is the reason we cannot delay peace negotiations anymore for the sake of humanity and security of all democracies, including the nation which introduced the first monothiestic belief, the Jewish State of Israel.

    from the article: Striving for an illusion-free Middle East peace
    First published 14:07 13.01.13 | Last updated 14:07 13.01.13
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