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Submitted by David Sternlight (United States), Dec 4, 2007 at 15:08

1. Olmert has finally voiced a brilliant fundamental principle. Recognition of Israel as the Jewish State (among a myriad of Islamic States) is a non-negotiable precondition for further talks. All else becomes tactical and temporary humanitarian balancing of conditions for inmates in the Gaza asylum.

But violent nut cases belong in strait-jackets, not at negotiating tables. Israel does not owe them a living; any (strictly controlled and accountable) humanitarian aid is first an inter-Arab and only next an international matter,

2. To the extent that West Bankers accept Israel as a Jewish State and meaningfully and effectively renounce terrorism, there is the possibility for a non-Gaza West Bank Palestinian State,. 3. There is ample historic precedent (India-Pakistan for example) for population transfer associated with the religious character of States. If Israel Arabs don't want to live in a Jewish State, let them be resettled in "Palestine" and contribute to living standards there. That idea will clear some minds pretty quickly.

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