Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Three state solution?

With the Gaza Strip firmly in the hands of Hamas and the West Bank under the rule of the PLO the dream of an independent Palestine seems further than ever -- in fact one may just decide either of the following: Create two Palestinian states to the southwest and the east of Israel and let the chips fall where they may; or just give the lands back to whom they legally belong in the eyes of the world -- Gaza to Egypt, Judea and Samaria to Jordan. Of course, the issue of settlements (really unrecognized exclaves) as well as access to the holy sites in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Hebron among others would be unresolved so one would be right back to where they started.

Love him or hate him, Jacques Parizeau spoke of a normal people wanting their own normal nation. Independence has often been sought by war but not always. The rate things are going, Palestine will be at a civil war that seems almost perpetual. And that's anything but normal. Maybe "The Wall" (not necessarily where the location is right now but just the idea of a wall) may not be such a bad idea after all, and a second one around Gaza may have to be fortified further. If it keeps the peace for Jews, Arabs and Christians in Israel proper, a three state solution may not be such a bad idea after all.

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