Additionally, he is taking a sensible approach to the boycott issue. Not that I'm in favour of boycotts, except in extreme circumstnces, but the Pals are awfully closer to the conditions that should lead to a boycott than Israel. I also agree that occupation isn't desirable but defensive occupation is simply necessary and when that occurs, those who are occupied have the responsiblity to make peace by renouncing violence and agreeing to terms that provide the defensive occupier with security. In additon, the circumstances in Israel are unusual and complex. The was no Palestine and Pals were a diverse group of people, many who had been there for generations under the authority of a variety of flags and moe recent residents, many very recent, from neighbouring Arab countries who emigrated to the West Bank for economic opportunities. Moreover, Israel has a deep historic, religious and psychological connection to parts of the West Bank, not the least of which is the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem. It takes chutzpah for Pals to insist that there will be no agreement unless they get authority over the Jewish quarter.
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