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    • Kane
    • 24.08.10 | 03:21 (IDT)

    Stopping the rocket attacks will be condition number one for Israel, stopping the settlements will be condition number one for Palestine. Recognising Israel’s right to exist will be condition number two for Israel, ending the military occupation (back to the internationally agreed borders) and blockade will be condition number two for Palestine. Israel and Palestine agreeing that some militant nutter shooting a rocket, or gunning down a few people at a mosque, because they are insane with hatred or have a vested interest in continued conflict is NOT a repudiation of the entire agreement by the leaders who signed the agreement should be international condition number one – to prevent each side reneging on their agreement for their own selfish gains (as has happened in every single previous peace deal, where neither 'side' has ever abided by its obligations. Neither side. Ever). Other things may be negotiable but these things will not be because they should not be. Anyone who tries to claim they are not coming to the table with at least the first two preconditions each is lying.

    from the article: U.S.: Settlement freeze will be discussed during direct peace talks
    First published 22:06 23.08.10 | Last updated 22:06 23.08.10
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