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Posted on October 31, 2004. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Under current security conditions no responsible Israeli leader–not just Sharon, but even a left wing leader–can abandon Israeli control over Palestine’s borders with the Arab world and its air and sea ports. Even if some additional West Bank settlers are removed by Sharon–the most anyone could hope for on a unilateral basis–Israel will still remain in control of the Jordan Valley, thereby conceivably still lending a degree of credence to the bantustan comparison. Meanwhile, extremist Palestinians, at least some of whom reject a two state solution, will continue to attack Israelis with the express purpose of preventing negotiations for a two state solution and hastening the south africanization of the conflict. And Yasser Arafat will support, or at least condone, their actions. – Yossi Alpher is coeditor of bitterlemons.org

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