POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Robert K. Lifton sees no reason to be optimistic about any Israeli/Palestinian solution in the foreseeable future

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 31, 2011

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Israel showing Gaza & the West Bank

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Robert K. Lifton writes in the Huff Post (12/30/11) …

  • After more than a year of stalled negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, it is clear that for the foreseeable future there will be no deal resolving their differences and establishing a Palestinian state.
  • It is fruitless to blame one side or the other.
  • the leaders of both sides face obstacles to deal making that make it very difficult for each of them even if they so desired.
  • for the Palestinians, it is giving up the right of millions of Diaspora Palestinians to return to their former homes in Israel.
  • For Israel, it is the ability to remove thousands of settlers from their homes in areas that would be included in the Palestinian state in a two state solution.
  • neither leader seems to desire a deal enough to make any meaningful compromise.
  • The government of Israel, led by Mr. Netanyahu and his coalition, has shown no willingness to compromise in order to make a deal and continues to expand settlements despite international pressure to stop.
  • And the Fatah government of Mr. Abbas, by embracing Hamas, has given Israel a legitimate reason to argue that it can’t countenance any deal with an entity committed to its destruction.

read the entire article at … http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-k-lifton/israel-palestine-future-_b_1177107.html

 

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One Response to “* Robert K. Lifton sees no reason to be optimistic about any Israeli/Palestinian solution in the foreseeable future”

  1. Chris said

    HAPPY NEW YEAR !

    Obama signs defense bill

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