Obama wants return of all territories
By Ted Belman
On the heels of Netanyahu’s settlement freeze announcement yesterday, Hillary Clinton had this to say,
“Today’s announcement by the government of Israel helps move forward toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We believe that through good-faith negotiations the parties can mutually agree on an outcome which ends the conflict and reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps, and the Israeli goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect subsequent developments and meet Israeli security requirements.”
And that is a mouthful.
No mention of refugees or Jerusalem. This could be significant. Netanyahu keeps drawing the line on Jerusalem demanding it remain Israel’s undivided capital.
But it envisages every inch being given back facilitated by land swaps. Thus Israel could keep all settlement blocks including Ariel and Maaleh Adumin providing she swaps land to compensate. If this were the deal, she would still have to expell about 50,000 Israelis give or take 20,000.
This deal is not doable. Then what?