What do you want, Ari? To achieve a 2-state solution or to punish the Palestinians? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Liz
    • 25.04.14 | 14:35 (IDT)

    Yes,the Palestinians have passed up opportunities to achieve statehood but that should not make the "accepted" framework for 2 states - as outlined in several blueprints for peace - any less meaningful now than when they were drawn up. If the Palestinians need now to accept much less because of their earlier actions, there will never be a negotiated settlement. Is that what you really want Avi - or if not, how do you suggest that offering the Palestinians even less than was on the table will be helpful? Abbas knows that the right of return for Palestinians is an absolute non-starter - in my opinion that is a huge concession - and then both parties will have to compromise. Israel can keep the main settlement blocs but in a negotiated land swap and there will be security arrangements in the Jordan Valley but probably not the physical presence that Israel would like. Israel should also forego its demand to be known as the Jewish state so as not to further compromise the position of its Palestinian citizens but in return - as already mentioned - the Palestinians will have to give up their dream of returning to their former homes.

    from the article: Waiting for the Palestinian Godot
    First published 06:00 24.04.14 | Last updated 17:52 23.04.14
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