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PALESTINIANS THREATEN ISRAEL WITH ONE STATE SOLUTION
« on: November 06, 2009, 05:20:52 PM »
Palestinians threaten Israel with one state solution

THE Palestinians should give up seeking an independent state and pursue a single country in which they would enjoy equal rights with Israelis, the chief Palestinian negotiator in Middle East peace talks has said.

The remark by Saeb Erekat was not a novel idea - prominent Palestinians, including past negotiators, have floated it before, usually when efforts to achieve a negotiated solution to the decades old-conflict with Israel are faltering as they are now.

United States (U.S.) President Barack Obama's push to restart the peace talks has faltered, largely due to disagreements over further construction of Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, lands the Palestinians want for their future state.

Some 500,000 Israelis now live in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in settlements built by Israel since capturing the territories in 1967. Israel promised to halt all settlement activity in a 2003 peace plan, but construction has never stopped.

Israel has rebuffed calls from the Obama administration to freeze all settlement construction, instead offering to limit it in the West Bank while retaining the right to continue building in Jerusalem.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he will not resume negotiations until all settlement construction stops.

Former President Bill Clinton, according to the Associated Press (AP) on Wednesday, drew a link between extremism and lack of opportunity in the Middle East, telling students in the region that suicide bombers are driven by a feeling they have more to gain in the afterlife than now.

The former president hushed a packed basketball stadium at the American University in Dubai when he asked, rhetorically: "What leads people to suicide bombing?"

Answering his own question, Clinton said: "They believe they have more to gain in the next world than this one."

"They believe that change is not possible through reasoned, common efforts," he continued. "They believe that, absent some cataclysmic and destructive event, that tomorrow is going to be just like yesterday."

That feeling, he said, is the "major danger" confronting Palestinians and Israelis today.

"If we keep going on where the Palestinians are absolutely convinced that tomorrow is going to be just like yesterday, it can have calamitous consequences not just for them, but for all the rest of you as well," he said.

Clinton's comments came as his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, was elsewhere in the region defending the U.S. stance toward Israeli settlement to worried Arab allies.

After meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, the secretary of state told reporters that Washington does not accept the legitimacy of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

But she said an Israeli offer to restrain - but not halt - construction represents "positive movement forward" toward resuming stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

The former president's comments in Dubai - a peaceful enclave that has largely been spared the region's violent extremism - were part of a broader address urging students to work to overcome the triple challenges of inequality, instability and unsustainability he said confront the world today.

In the talk, he praised the American-style university for offering young women the same chances as young men, drawing enthusiastic applause when he said such equality was "key to the future of the Middle East."

He also highlighted the need to promote education, equality and economic opportunity in fighting extremism in Afghanistan and Pakistan, saying "we cannot shoot our way out of the world's instability."

"Peace is not just the absence of conflict," the former president said. "It is the presence of opportunity and cooperation and a sense of justice and fairness and movement."

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PALESTINIANS THREATEN ISRAEL WITH ONE STATE SOLUTION
« on: November 06, 2009, 05:20:52 PM »

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Re: PALESTINIANS THREATEN ISRAEL WITH ONE STATE SOLUTION
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2009, 03:21:20 PM »
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Re: PALESTINIANS THREATEN ISRAEL WITH ONE STATE SOLUTION
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2009, 03:28:31 PM »
Well, would this issue ever be settled? let hope this case will be put to less one day.

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Re: PALESTINIANS THREATEN ISRAEL WITH ONE STATE SOLUTION
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2009, 03:28:31 PM »

 

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