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The road to nowhere

Reader comment on item: Is the road map still relevant?

Submitted by Guinther Schiff (United States), Jan 17, 2007 at 18:08

The road map was never relevant or practical. It required the Arabs to give up their long cherished hatred ot the Israelis - and of the Jews in general before 1948. Yes, for a price in taxes and second tier citizenship the Jews were able to live in Spain before 1492, and in the Ottoman empire, but the hatred was kept alive. There seems to be no answer to the Palestine conundrum as long as the Palestinians are dedicated to driving Israelis all into the sea or a new concentration camp.

I think the only answer is for the Israelis to withdraw behind their wall (as much as possible on the 1967 border) and leave the West Bank - leaving only the settlements adjacent to Jerusalem; and then unilaterally turn over the government of Gaza and the West Bank to the Palestinians. Israel should agree to negotiate a fair sum to pay for the land taken on the West Bank for the post 1967 settlements, and to buy out, with whatever aid from the US and other Western Countries becomes available, the right of return by the families who left their homes in 1948 and under war pressure since then. I do not see the possibility of a peace based on the renunciation of the Palestinian goal of displacing all Jews living in pre 1948 Palestine. GHS

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