Sunday, August 29, 2010

Reciprocity

Yuli Edelstein raises an interesting point.

Since no one knows what the borders would be if this round of talks were somehow successful, it seems rather one-sided that only Israel must freeze construction in the disputed territories.

After all, the Arabs are building on land that may very well fall within Israel’s borders (assuming these talks led anywhere), in which case the Palestinians are creating facts on the ground and destroying any chance the peace talks could go anywhere.


The Prime Minister must demand that Abbas stop all Arab settlement construction and activity, including natural growth, in all disputed areas currently under PLO control for as long as Abbas demands the same from Netanyahu.


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4 comments:

Nachum said...

Wow. Yuli Edelstein?

Anyway, it's cute, but we all know how it ends: If there's ever an agreement, Israel will give and give and get nothing. Remember that Egypt refused to even concede a few square meters, and Jordan couldn't bring itself to sign an agreement without a face-saving square kilometer or two handed over.

Lurker said...

Nachum: ...Jordan couldn't bring itself to sign an agreement without a face-saving square kilometer or two handed over.

Um... a "square kilometer or two"? You'd better check your facts. In the Israel-Jordan peace treaty, Israel gave Jordan over 300 square kilometers, including "Peace Island". In addition, Israel agreed to give Jordan 50 million cubic meters of water each year, and part of the Yarmouk River.

Nachum said...

OK, that makes it worse.

Peace Island? Where those girls were killed? Not making me feel any better about it...

Lurker said...

Nachum: Peace Island? Where those girls were killed?

Yep.

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