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Israeli-Palestinian conflict « Previous | |Next »
June 1, 2008

Is there no longer a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? After sixty years of occupation and illegal settlement it does appear that Israel has irreversibly cemented its grip on the land on which a Palestinian state might have been created. Are we then back to:a situation of two populations inhabiting one piece of land?

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A report published last summer by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs found that almost 40 percent of the West Bank is now taken up by Israeli infrastructure -- roads, settlements, military bases and so on -- largely off-limits to Palestinians. Israel has methodically broken the remainder of the territory into dozens of enclaves separated from each other and the outside world by zones that it alone controls (including, at last count, 612 checkpoints and roadblocks).

Saree Makdisi says:

Moreover, according to the report, the Jewish settler population in the occupied territories, already approaching half a million, not only continues to grow but is growing at a rate three times greater than the rate of Israel's population increase. If the current rate continues, the settler population will double to almost one million people in just 12 years. Many are heavily armed and ideologically driven, unlikely to walk away voluntarily from the land they have declared to be their God-given home

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 10:58 PM |