Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Is Israel About to Cave?

Israelis and Palestinians held a third round of negotiations on Tuesday, and Israel’s chief representative at the talks predicted the U.S.-brokered peace process would lead to dramatic Israeli decisions. 
Tzipi Livni coupled her forecast with acknowledgment that at least one partner in Israel’s right-wing coalition opposed the goal set by Washington to create a Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel. 
... The negotiations were renewed last month in Washington after a three-year standoff over Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas captured in the 1967 Middle East war that Palestinians wants for a state along with the Gaza Strip.
Just a few points. First, it is impossible to create a Palestinian state "alongside a secure Israel," because Israel is too small, as it is, to have the strategic depth to absorb an invasion--a smaller Israel will be an even more vulnerable Israel.

Second, the West Bank and East Jerusalem territory captured in the 1967 Six-Day war never belonged to the Palestinians--it was Jordanian territory. The Palestinians have no more sovereign right to it than I do.

Third, since the war was precipitated in large part by Palestinian terrorists which were being harbored by Jordan, it is only appropriate that the Palestinians not obtain control over that territory.

Fourth, Jerusalem is Israel's capital city. No other nation would tolerate having to give up territory that is part of its capital, and neither should Israel.

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