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    • Brad
    • 24.01.11 | 03:54 (IST)

    is that the Pal position acknowledges that there is a Jewish dimension to East Jerusalem. Of course there is and has been historically. Never mind that the city was obviously a completely Jewish city. The Jewish quarter remained Jewish until slowly and surely the Jews were persecuted, intimidated and ultimately expelled by the Jordanians. In any event, I have always favoured joint sovereignty over Jerusalem, with a practical and fair way of blocking a deadlock. This would be best for all and certainly best economically for both Peoples. Many of the reports of offers of concession surprise me and suggest that the Pals have been more reasonable than I thought. If true, I think the Israelis need to bend more. Having said that, its tough for a People who are in the cross hairs of official Pal policy, in the cross hairs of the psychology of hate that the Pals and the Arab world has fostered and whose fears are not just theoretical to come to an accommodation that does not unduly risk the lives of Israeli citizens. Recognition of realities on the part of both sides would go a long way to a peaceful resolution, though Hamas is completely insane and who knows how to deal with that.

    from the article: 'Palestinians agreed to cede nearly all Jewish areas of East Jerusalem'
    First published 02:48 24.01.11 | Last updated 02:48 24.01.11
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