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    • 14.04.11 | 19:28 (IDT)

    The "temporary" tends to become permanent in this conflict, and the Palestinians, who were promised in Oslo a state by 1999, know it very well and oppose it. They are doing everybody a favor in opposing it because there is no reason for delay. The situation is bad enough and will only get worse, and all the possible solutions are known already, so why not tackle the basic issues? All can be resolved within a year if the parties are interested in a resolution. Netanyahu is too fearful of his extreme Likudniks to give up any more land, so he prefers the hard choices to be made by somebody else (after he retires). But Israel will lose by the delay. We will have constant friction and fights between the settlers and the Palestinians on the issue of settling the disputed areas and in Jerusalem, and when the time comes for a permanent solution, there will be more settlers and a greater resistance to evacuation. In the meantime, the Palestinian state will be admitted to the UN, probably even sitting on the Security Council and generating constant trouble with the international community. Arab hatred towards Israel will not cease but grow. This idea is only a ploy by a political coward to avoid making the hard decision.

    from the article: Netanyahu invited to give Mideast peace speech before U.S. Congress
    First published 18:31 14.04.11 | Last updated 18:31 14.04.11
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