Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:32 PM
Purveyor (29,011 posts)
Israel's Settlement Push Kills Two-State Solution, Leaving Palestinians Few Pptions
By Mustafa Barghouthi / December 20, 2012
RAMALLAH The two-state solution is dying. The Palestinian effort late last month at the United Nations to attain non-member observer state status was overwhelmingly approved – 138 to 9 – by the international community. Israel, however, warned that the vote would be purely symbolic and change nothing on the ground. This was a calculated and misleading statement.
In fact, Israel immediately took revenge for the Palestinians’ temerity in seeking to improve our lot by announcing “zoning and planning preparations” for illegal settlements in the sensitive E1 corridor in the occupied West Bank. This week Israel put out tenders for thousands of new settlement units – the most aggressive activity in the area in years.
Israel’s planned settlement construction makes a contiguous Palestinian state virtually impossible. Bethlehem and Ramallah will be cut off from East Jerusalem if the E1 project goes forward, though Israel argues that we can make do with connecting tunnels and elevated roadways, as if that is tolerable. The Israeli plan also closes the settlement semi-circle around East Jerusalem and builds settlements in it – our would-be capital. The north and south of the West Bank would be effectively bisected and Israel would control the key.
“This is not just another few houses in Jerusalem or another hilltop in the West Bank,” Daniel C. Kurtzer, a former American ambassador to Israel, asserted after Israel’s initial announcement of settlement plans in late November. “This is one of the most sensitive areas of territory, and I would hope the United States will lay down the law.”
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Israel's Settlement Push Kills Two-State Solution, Leaving Palestinians Few Pptions (Original post)
Response to Downwinder (Reply #1)
Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:50 PM
Peregrine (988 posts)
2. Palestinians lost any possible claim
When they supported the invasions of Israel. When they fire missiles at civilian targets. When they put a terrorist organization in charge.
Response to Peregrine (Reply #2)
Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:13 AM
azurnoir (45,850 posts)
5. and when Israel made a murderer Prime Minister?
that would be Yitzhak Shamir who was instrumental in the assassination of UN negotiator Bernadotte Folke or Menachem Begin who was also a member of Irgun oh wait that's different right?
Response to King_David (Reply #4)
Sat Dec 22, 2012, 04:24 AM
Scootaloo (25,699 posts)
7. You would only have $1
These actions aren't "killing it," merely beating the corpse. What killed it is the US insistence that the two parties be viewed as completely equal negotiators, instead of acting as advocate for the weaker party between the two.
Now maybe it's my training and experience as a union advocate, but... that's not a recipe for a successful negotiation, unless you regard "success" as total capitulation by the weaker party.