"Two States" - Sanctimonious Hypocrisy
By Uri Avnery
Binyamin Netanyahu has a similar vision, but differently worded: the Arabs will "Govern themselves". They will govern their towns and villages, but not the territory, neither the West Bank nor the Gaza Strip. They will have no army, of course, and no control of the airspace over their heads, neither will they have any physical contact with neighboring countries. Ref. Source 4
Netanyahu promises to strive for 'full peace'
Islam / Muslim Related
JERUSALEM - Benjamin Netanyahu, taking office as Israel's new leader yesterday, promised to seek "full peace" with the Arab and Muslim world, but refused to utter the words the world was waiting to hear: "Palestinian state." The...
Source: New Zealand Herald - Islam
Netanyahu: Israel will never withdraw from Golan
A week-and-a-half out from Netanyahu's scheduled visit to Washington, the prime minister stressed that he is ready to stand up to U.S. President Barack Obama and that he would not give up on matters that in his opinion are critical to Israel's security. Ref. Source 6
Netanyahu: Iranian Nuclear Threat Top Priority:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told his fellow Likud MKs at a party meeting on Monday that the Iranian nuclear threat stands at the top of his priorities. He also repeated that he would not freeze construction in Judea and Samaria. Ref. Source 1
If you look at the map, the continuance of expansion into what is the only place a Palestinian State can be constructed from, makes it impossible to reach a settlement that will make both sides happy or rather less upset. There is already a fence basically around what Israel has decided is Israel. They really shouldnt go any further into the West Bank. It will only make it harder to get out one day. There is no way that the Palestinians can agree to what Israel occupies today. That would mean that they would be surrounded by Israel and they would have no direct access to the Jordan River, which would be a huge issue.
While it is ridiculous to think that Israel would stop building because the US says so, it is important to figure out how this helps the end game of a 2 state resolution. The natural expansion argument doesnt hold water. They could just as easily go after declining populating towns within its boarders. Spend the money there for revitalization.
The end result cannot be the '49 Armistice Line. It is too late for that, but it cannot look like this chart either, because there is now way that will work. The end result has to be a contiguous state of Palestine for the Palestinians as well as for the Israelis. Anything short is just creating the battleground for another war.
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Netanyahu Outlines Vision for a Demilitarized Palestinian State with Israel Controlling the Borders and Airspace of Palestine
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered what was billed as a major policy speech on Sunday, accepting the creation of a Palestinian state on the condition that it would be completely demilitarized and have no control over its airspace. He also said that Israel would refuse to engage with Hamas. Palestinian officials condemned Netanyahu's speech, saying it closed the door to permanent status negotiations. Ref. Source 1