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vminfla Donating Member (992 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 02:00 PM
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The empirical case for defensible borders
Former foreign minister Yigal Allon was one of the clearest and most authoritative exponents of the case for Israels need for defensible borders. In an October 1976 article in Foreign Affairs, Allon noted that whereas Israels rivals seek to isolate, strangle and erase Israel from the worlds map, Israels strategic aims have been focused on its imperative to survive.

Thus, even if peace agreements are reached, border and security arrangements must ensure Israels ability to defend itself in the event that such agreements are breached. As the recent upheavals in the Middle East have clearly demonstrated, this guiding principle has not lost its salience.

Allon contended with a number of claims raised to counter Israels argument for defensible borders. Then, as now, technological advances such as missile technology were pointed to as obviating the need for strategic depth and topographical assets. Then, as now, international guarantees were pointed to as constituting a satisfactory substitute for physical control of defensible ground.

Then, as now, such arguments failed to account for the resounding failure of international guarantees to ensure Israels security, as evidenced, for example, in UNEFs withdrawal from Sinai in May 1967.

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aranthus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 05:01 PM
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1. What are "defensible borders"?
The ridge line? The Jordan River? My own opinion is that the River is the logical line. Problem is that doesn't leave any room for a Palestinian state. Neither does the ridge line. Defensible borders are important, but they aren't the be all and end all. The sad truth is that peace is going to be maintained by Israeli military superiority, and eventually, some sense on the part of the Arabs that their desires have been met without further conflict.
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azurnoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 05:20 PM
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2. I have a feeling that leaving no room for a Palestrinian state is a problem for a number
of people both in Israel and here, the 2 state solution for many seems to be Israel and Jordan
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aranthus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 08:18 PM
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3. It's an elegant solution if you ignore reality. n/t
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