Tuesday, May 24, 2011

What are Israel's defensible borders?


Anonymous bluedog said...

Your Grace, there is no margin for error.

What if a UN sponsored 'Louisiana Purchase' were to be negotiated between the State of Israel and the Palestinian inhabitants of the Gaza strip and the West Bank? Payments to the Palestinian Authority would simply end up in Switzerland or Dubai. Israel would need to deal direct.

Subsequent to such purchases by Israel, the Palestinians could potentially be re-settled elsewhere in the Middle East. There is a precedent to this suggestion in the population exchanges that took place between Greece and Turkey in 1923 persuant to the Treaty of Lausanne. In that instance there was no payments to displaced persons.

It is clearly essential to the defence of Israel that any internal security threats posed by Gaza and the West Bank population are eliminated. Post-Mubarak Egypt seems to be retreating from the Anwar Sadat negotiated peace treaty with Israel and re-militarising the Gaza strip.

No doubt these ideas have been canvassed before. If so, what prevented execution thereof, apart from lack of finance? As it stands, Israel faces a boiling frog situation on just about every front, including in the White House.

24 May 2011 at 12:43  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Don't be silly. Noone wants Palestinians. they caused chaos in Jordan with Black September in 1970, they destroyed Lebanon, the cooperated with Saddam in occupation of Kuwait, they were kicked out of Tunis.

How about a Declaration of Tolerance for Palestinian Christians from Hamas-Hisbollah-PLO-et al ?

Let us not forget The Kurds who are still waiting for Iran, Syria and Turkey to cough up the lands for their homeland - they have a slice of Iraq already.

24 May 2011 at 13:41  
Anonymous len said...

The Israeli position is quite clear, they can never give up their present borders to hostile forces.It would be suicide to do so.

The Arab Nations have vast tracts of land they could have given the 'Palestinians'and not even noticed it had gone.If they wanted peace,that is,and they were genuinely concerned for the' plight of the Palestinians '.

Interestingly no one was interested in Israel until the return of the Jews and the land became fertile.
Mark Twain's visit to Lebanon, Syria, and the Holy Land in 1867 was published in "The Innocents
where he described Palestine as follows:
"..... A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds... a silent mournful expanse.... a desolation.... we never saw a human being on the whole route.... hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country."
(The Innocents Abroad, p. 361-362)

24 May 2011 at 15:38  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Ask any meerkat, it's simples!

24 May 2011 at 16:51  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

What are Japhetites borders and needs, since the UN recognise the decendents of Noah.

24 May 2011 at 17:20  
Anonymous Sov_Res said...

Found full version with missing first seconds.

24 May 2011 at 20:56  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr Sov_Res,

His Grace is appreciative and has posted.

24 May 2011 at 22:15  
Anonymous Gareth said...

Is 'defensible' a euphemism for 'ideal for launching pre-emptive strikes'?

25 May 2011 at 07:00  
Anonymous Honora B. said...

No reasonable or peaceful solution can be achieved with those who are irrational, unreasoning, untruthful, unpeaceable and unforgiving. The Palestinians are inflamed with irrational hatred and are not willing to change their minds.

Once an enemy, always an enemy.

Oh and once a muslim lives in a nation, they forever claim it belongs to Islam. They still believe they own Spain.

25 May 2011 at 17:14  

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