Of Borders, Settlements and 1967

An sort of lasting peace between Israel and Palestine isn’t going to happen unless both parties can realistically deal with settlements and border issues and obviously Israel’s right to exist.

Israel was “prepared to make generous compromises for peace”, he said, but could not go back to the 1967 borders “because these lines are indefensible”.

He said the old borders did not take into account the “demographic changes that have taken place over the last 44 years”.

An estimated 500,000 Israelis now live in settlements built in the Palestinian West Bank, which lies outside those borders.

The settlements are illegal under international law, although Israel disputes this.

I’m not alone in saying no one should be holding their breath waiting for the rapture or peace between Israel and Palestine.

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