Monday, November 23, 2009

All you need is settlements (tatadadadam...)

From JTA via email alert:

Mofaz, the Likud Party defense minister-turned-Kadima leader, says the first step is the immediate establishment of a Palestinian state with temporary borders on 60 percent of the territory in the West Bank. Then, over the course of the next four to six years, the two sides would negotiate the final-status issues, including permanent borders. The final deal would be put to national referendums in Israel and Palestine.

Under his plan, not a single Israeli settlement would be uprooted during the course of final-status negotiations, and both Gaza and the West Bank would be united under a moderate Palestinian government. In the end, Jerusalem would remain united under Israeli sovereignty, the large Jewish settlement blocs in the West Bank would be annexed to Israel, and the Palestinian state would be completely demilitarized.

"Israel must initiate forward movement rather than being dragged into unwanted agreements," Mofaz said last week at a presentation of his plan to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

He also sat down for a one-on-one interview with JTA to discuss his proposal.

"Today, we don't have an Israeli master plan for implementing the vision of the two-state solution," Mofaz said. "This is the first plan."

Absent a Palestinian partner with the willingness and standing to sign on, the only thing Mofaz needs is a genie in a bottle to make it come true.


You've gotta love that term: "must initiate forward movement".

Basically this plan, which appears on the face of it even more half-baked than the whispered Palestinian plan to 'go unilateral', calls for annexing 40 % of the West Bank ("not a single Israeli settlement would be uprooted") and a wait and see if the "a moderate Palestinian government of the completely demilitarized Palestinian state" would be amenable to Israel's final status demands. At least this way Israel wouldn't be "dragged into unwanted agreements". In fact, Israel continues along current lines at least for the next 6 years or so. Don't you just love long and protracted peace "processes"?

4 Comments:

At 6:22 PM, Blogger Emmanuel said...

I'm not a fan of the Mofaz plan, but I think you interpret it as being worse than it really is. He isn't planning on annexing 40% of the West Bank. He has said that in the end, Palestinians would get about 98% of the West Bank (or the equivalent of that, with land swaps). Most of the 40% is supposed to become part of the Palestinian state eventually. Settlements will be evacuated only once the agreement is signed. I think that is the wrong approach, but still, it doesn't mean all settlements will be annexed to Israel.

 
At 9:29 PM, Blogger Gert said...

I know the plan is unlikely to be implemented but if that did happen it would simply be another disincentive to eventually vacate that territory and even more of an incentive to permanently annex it. That's the significance of it to me.

 
At 8:04 PM, Blogger The Sentinel said...

What a boring Jew obsessed, hate filled anti-Semitic cunt you are.

 
At 8:43 PM, Blogger Gert said...

Grow up, Sentinel...

 

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