What Israel clearly missed when Fayyad made his announcement - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 29.03.10 | 09:44 (IDT)

    is that the international community stood back momentarily, and took a deep and thoughtful breath, before continuing with the norm. And now, since that time, there have been subtle changes to what is heard from Western nations, along with an increasing number of whispers about U.N. approval of a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood within the 1967 borders. What Fayyad unleashed on the international community that day, which had never been noticed before, is a simple and straight forward solution to end an international dilemma which has grown in proportions for well over 40 years. A solution as obvious as the nose on their faces, yet completely overlooked for so long, just like the nose on their faces. And Israel's insistence that any final status must be negotiated between the two parties is in essence true. However, what has unfolded over the last year has made it crystal clear that Israel isn't as interested in those negotiations as it is in accelerating the expansion of its settlements, which has highlighted even further, that its interests are NOT in reaching a final status agreement; nor will they ever be for as long as the status quo is maintained for it to continue its encroachment unhindered. And so what would make final status negotiations more of a priority to Israel than its settlement expansion? Whether he knew it or not at the time he announced his goals, Fayyad's plan to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, and U.N. recognition of that state, would shift Israel's focus from settlement building, to negotiating the salvage of its larger settlement blocks in the West Bank. It would really not have any other viable alternative in the face of international concensus.

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    First published 02:06 29.03.10 | Last updated 10:33 29.03.10
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