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    • Josh
    • 07.12.09 | 15:32 (IST)

    First of all, the Partition Plan is in no way binding on Israel, because Israel accepted it, and the Arabs rejected it. However, I do agree that most of the world views Israel's pre-1967 boundaries as the legitimate borders of the country. But I am not asking the rest of the world, I want to know whether the Palestinians, and frankly, much of the Arab and Muslim world, would be willing to accept Israel, as a Jewish State, within those boundaries? Because, (a) this conflict existed when those were the borders of Israel, and there was no settlement movement to speak of and (b) Yasser Arafat simply rejected, without any sort of counter-offer, Ehud Barak's offer of a Palestinian state on almost all of the territory Arafat said he wanted (not including territory from within Israel "proper" to make up for the difference). So, again, why should any rational-minded person believe that it is a homeland that the Palestinians want, and not the destruction of Israel?

    from the article: Netanyahu is making us miss Olmert
    First published 02:56 07.12.09 | Last updated 15:45 07.12.09
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