Friday, June 6, 2008

The land, not the people

Israel's problem, since its 1967 victory, is that it wants Palestinian land but not the people who live on it

By Neve Gordon
(Neve Gordon teaches politics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel), Friday June 6 2008

"......The occupation's guiding principle has consequently produced the very conditions that are now impeding a peace agreement based on the two-state solution. Recognising the full ramifications of this principle is crucial since it allows us to see beyond the smoke screen of political proclamations and statements, and to improve our understanding of why the acrimonious conflict has developed in the way that it has. Just as importantly, the principle sheds light on how the conflict can be resolved, since the key to reaching a just and peaceful solution involves reuniting the Palestinian people and their land and offering them full sovereignty over the land. So long as the guiding principle is ignored, blood will continue to be spilled."

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