Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Obama, Netanyahu and the 1967 border | Petra Marquardt-Bigman

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FTA: "It is very likely that Obama's vision for achieving a Palestinian state without settling the intractable questions of Jerusalem and the "right of return" claimed by millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants resembles Yaari's proposals, though the most obvious difference would be that Yaari envisaged the boundaries as provisional, while Obama apparently wants to achieve negotiated borders that, with the exception of Jerusalem, would have the status of permanent borders. Therefore, Israel would be required to offer the Palestinians land swaps for the settlement blocks it wants to annex."

It could predictably take the shake-up that this approach brings to the conflict to form a basis for real change and settlement of this long-running conflict. The main hurdle, IMO, will be convincing leaders to try it despite the noise generated by the hardliners and wingnuts.

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