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    • Yaakov Sullivan
    • 01.11.10 | 21:10 (IST)

    No one, except the Israel government of course, believes that the palestinians would be justified in sitting down to negotiate a palestinian state and security issues while Israel is simultaneously devouring the very territory to be designated for the Palestinian state. it defies the logic of diplomacy and is a slap in the face to the palestinians. There is no one in their right mind that would see the dedication of two schools in EJ as a threat to the Jewish state. No nation in the international community recognisers Israel's annexation of EJ and their desperate attempts to change the city's demographic realities. No one believes that the demand of Israel on the palestinians to recgonise Israel as a "Jewsih" state is legitimate as a demand for negotiating. Israel never levelled that demand before and it is seen as a tactic for undermining the negotiations. It demands that the palestinians not include the recognised question of the palestinian refugees which is a core topic for negotiations. Israel has never made a counter proposal of their own in regard to the refugees. It has never recognised the problem and they recognise that doing so would put them in a position where they would have to pay compensation. Israel is desperately trying to throw the ball back to the palestinians but this time round, they have outsmarted the netanyahu government and they have internatinal support on their side.

    from the article: PA official: Arab states to attempt UN-forced settlement freeze
    First published 17:10 01.11.10 | Last updated 17:10 01.11.10
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