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Posted on July 13, 2004. Filed under: Uncategorized |

bitterlemons: Will the fence end up on the green line?

Eitan: I don’t think it’s possible for Israel. The Hague court didn’t take into consideration the fact that there are many Jewish settlements near the green line that Israel should protect. There are more than 100,000 Jews living on territory that, according to international and Israeli law, is beyond the green line but is still under the authority and jurisprudence of the State of Israel. Taking this position and ignoring the political dispute is an attempt to isolate the judicial process from real life on the ground; it risks the lives of more than 100,000 Jews that are living adjacent to the green line, for whom the fence on its planned route is their only security guard.

We have to take into consideration that almost everyone in the area and in the international community that has some involvement in the continuous dialogue between the Palestinians and the Israelis knows that under any final status agreement this dense Jewish population will be included within the sovereignty of Israel. We are talking about territories that constitute perhaps four or five percent of the West Bank.

– Member of Knesset (Likud) Michael Eitan is chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee.

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