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    • TC, California
    • 08.03.11 | 10:21 (IST)

    $20 billion more dollars? A responsible Israel ? I've quit holding my breath. A responsible Israel would have seriously concluded a peace deal years ago; instead it continued to expand settlements, add preconditions, said Jerusalem was totally off of the table and refugees had no hope for reclaiming any of their former property. It rejected the Saudi plan which gave normalized relations with all neighboring countries (how's that for security?), rejected the overly generous Abbas proposal (per Wikileaks) that may have even put his life at risk. Responsible Israel is running out of options. It has had some very good deals (for Israel) put forward and rejected them all claiming that settlements weren't an impediment to peace. But how can a responsible Israel ask many of the settlers that it encouraged to move into the territories to now move out? The settlement enterprise has made peace harder to achieve Even someone from as far away as California can see that. Successive governments have failed to deal honestly with their own people, hoping that terror would continue to provide a convenient excuse for not moving forward on a deal for justice for the Palestinians. And that includes Barak. The PM has finally realized that a one state solution will be a disaster for Israel, but what to do now that an acceptable 2 state solution is nearly impossible?

    from the article: Israel may ask U.S. for $20 billion more in security aid, Barak says
    First published 09:12 08.03.11 | Last updated 12:01 08.03.11
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