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  •  I must be imagining this map then. (9+ / 0-)

    I mean, if the Palestinian leadership isn't interested in a peace based on the international consensus two-state settlement, I must have just imagined that its negotiators offered Israel a settlement based on this map:

    That is to say, a settlement based on Israel's legal borders, but with an additional massive concession: border adjustments to allow a majority of Israel's illegal settlers to remain where they are, under Israeli rule.

    And I must have just imagined that Abbas sent a letter to Netanyahu reaffirming that the Palestinian leadership supports the international consensus two-state settlement:

    Our historic Peace Proposal is still waiting for an answer from Israel.
    • We agreed to establish the State of Palestine on only 22% of the territory of historical Palestine-on all the Palestinian Territory occupied by Israel in 1967.
    • The establishment of independent Palestinian State that can live side-by-side with the State of Israel in peace and security on the borders of 1967 with mutually agreed swaps equal in size and value.
    • Security will be guaranteed by a third party accepted by both, to be deployed on the Palestinian side.
    • A just and agreed resolution for the refugees’ problem as specified in the Arab Peace Initiative.
    • Jerusalem will serve as a capital of two States. East Jerusalem capital of Palestine. West Jerusalem capital of Israel. Jerusalem as an open city can be the symbol of peace.
    And I must have just imagined that in response Israel's leaders have continued to construct settlements in Palestinian territory, demand a permanent presence in the Jordan Valley, and declare 'Jerusalem' - that is, the administrative entity Israel created that includes East Jerusalem and other occupied Palestinian territory in the West Bank - the eternal capital of Israel.

    Lucky I have Democratic and Republican politicians in election season to set me straight.

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