Boderline Election – Israel/Palestine

March 2006
Kadima has an ambitious plan to redraw Israel’s border and effectively impose a state on the Palestinians. But in attempting to dictate peace, is Israel risking permanent conflict?

The plan involves abandoning the remote settlements, withdrawing from 60% of the West Bank and retreating behind the security wall. “The conflict can’t be resolved. It has to be managed through unilateral retrenchment”, explains Dr Mark Heller from the Centre for Strategic Studies. But it’s a plan Palestinians renounce. “This policy of forcing a fait accompli on the Palestinians is rejected”, states Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri. “It divides the whole West Bank into three main ghettos.” Palestinians would lose their border with Jordan and their movements would be severely restricted. The fear is this could lead to more violence not less.

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