Monday, June 11, 2012

Israel Must Vacate Palestinian Lands

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have been meeting quietly in recent weeks in hopes of ending a three-year standstill in peace efforts. This is a good sign.

The Palestinians say they will not resume negotiations until Israel halts halts settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, occupied lands claimed by the Palestinians for a future state. The Palestinians also want Israel to accept its pre-1967 boundaries, before it captured the West Bank and east Jerusalem, as the basis of a final border.

Israel cannot imagine that it will forever occupy Arab lands and deny Palestinians the right to self determination and independence. It is strange that in this day and age any form of authority, state of non state can use force and coercion to suppress a popular and just cause.

Israel will have to yield to the popular aspirations of its 350 million Arab neighbors. It is just a matter of time.

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