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Daybreak: The Latest Peace Proposal

Plus Adnan to be released, marching in Damascus, and more in the news

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President Abbas and King Abdullah II in Amman, Jordan, last month.(Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)

• ISRAELI OFFICIALS REVEALED that they offered withdrawal from roughly 90 percent of the West Bank at recent peace talks in Amman, and it was rejected. Israel also proposed to solve borders and security and to leave Jerusalem for later. [Haaretz Diplomania]

• KHADER ADNAN ENDED HIS HUNGER STRIKE at 66 days after reaching a deal with Israeli prosecutors that will apparently see him released in April. An Islamic Jihad member, he had been detained without charge, becoming something of a cause célèbre. [Haaretz]

• THOUSANDS MARCHED IN DAMASCUS over the weekend in the biggest anti-regime protest there so far. [NYT]

• HAVING DOCKED WARSHIPS IN SYRIA, Iran warned the United States against meddling inside the country, whose regime Iran still backs and relies on. [NYT]

• IRAN REPORTEDLY PUT THE KIBOSH on Hamas’ reaching any lasting reconciliation with Fatah. [Ynet]

• SOME SETTLERS HAVE TAKEN LAND in so-called Area B, outside the settlement blocs, in violation of Oslo. [Haaretz]

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Should this surprise us? The last 4 Israeli PMS have offered them a peaces deal and all have been turned down. Does anybody still believe that they are interested in a peaceful state living in peace next to Israel?

It’s not much of a peace deal if you have to give up large chunks of your land, accept thousands of settlers on your territory and renounce the right of return for refugees (which is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and UN Resolution 194). Palestinians are forced to accept Israel as a Jewish state, but no one is forcing Israel to apologise for the ethnic cleansing of Arabs that occurred in 1948 and is still happening today in East Jerusalem and in the Bedouin communities through house demolitions and displacement. I doubt Israel would be willing to give up the Law of Return, or would agree to completely evacuate every illegal settlement in the West Bank or even go back to the 1967 borders for the sake of peace, yet that’s what you ask the Palestinians to do. Don’t blame the Palestinians for not accepting a deal that effectively asks them to make all the sacrifices while Israel gains all the benefits.

What exactly is the Palestinian “land”? After getting Transjordan in 1922 they were given another peace of land (the W Bank) which they rejected in favor of trying to wipe out the Jews. As for ethnic cleansing, the Israelis are doing a pretty bad job because the Arab population keeps going up.

Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

Perhaps, those eager to appreciate the legal background of the Arab Israeli conflict, as well as the fairest, most realistic and sustainable way to resolve it should read the following:

http://www.mythsandfacts.com/conflict/mandate_for_palestine/mandate_for_palestine.pdf

Pleasant reading and reflection!

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