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    • Baruch Atta
    • 22.03.10 | 18:10 (IST)

    Usually, when a weaker country negotiates with a stronger country after a war, the weaker country is more eager and motivated to resolve issues and come to a settlement. Because the weaker country is granted assurances and becomes immune from future military actions by the stronger country, by treaty. Borders are settled and the stronger country is bound not to cross them. However, in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, it is the PA which is refusing to negotiate. The PA is the weaker side, by far. Yet, they walk away from the table. The PA stipulates that the reason is that Israel is building apartments, schools, roads and infrastructure on land that the PA claims as theirs. They justify their claim by pointing out that these lands are over the former borders. But the borders were never recognized by ether side. The lines were drawn in 1949 after Israel's war of independence, and the lines are simply as much as the five Arab armies could take.

    from the article: Can anything douse the flames of West Bank unrest?
    First published 14:57 22.03.10 | Last updated 15:33 22.03.10
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