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Bibi’s Choice: How Israel Should Handle Pressure for a Palestinian State

by Elliott Abrams
April 4, 2011

Map of Israel and the Palestinian Authority. (Central Intelligence Agency)

After my recent visit to Israel and the West Bank, I’ve written an account of the current situation as I see it. It is published in the new issue of The Weekly Standard.

At bottom, the article suggests that Israel should act rather than wait fearfully for possible Palestinian Authority, Quartet, or United Nations actions. If Israelis believe that separation from the Palestinian population of the West Bank is both inevitable and beneficial, they should begin that process. Israelis and Palestinians may never live together in peace, but they can live apart in peace.

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  • Posted by Dean Smallwood

    Prime Minister Netanyahu doesn’t have one single reason to trust the Obama Administration …But for that matter , neither do the American people .

  • Posted by Maine's Michael

    There is only one real solution when two irreconcilable peoples find themselves intermingled and one is rabid to the point of being, effectively, suicidal, through its elicitation/invitation of retribution for its acts by the other.


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