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    • Leukos
    • 16.12.10 | 07:14 (IST)

    I'm puzzled by why talks would be required. What each side wants has been amply demonstrated by its words and deeds: Palestinians: What we want is for Israeli Jews not to exist. If we can't have that, we'd like a country of our own, immediately if not sooner, with borders based on 43-year-old truce lines that haven't reflected actual demography or political realities for 42.9 years. Israel: What we want is for Palestinians not to exist. If we can't have that, we'd like to continue indefinitely gathering unto ourselves The Land We Believe Is Divinely Ours until we achieve a country with borders based on 3200-year-old scriptures that haven't reflected actual demography or political realities for 2500 years. Oh, and the ethnic diversity of, say, 19th-century Japan. These aspirations are fundamentally incompatible. Negotiations will not achieve peace. If both Israel and Palestine are to exist, the border between them will have to be imposed and enforced by the donor nations who prop up each population.

    from the article: Mitchell proposes 'parallel' but separate U.S. talks with Israel, Palestinians
    First published 00:45 16.12.10 | Last updated 00:45 16.12.10
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