September 11, 2014
Has anyone who supports the two-state solution looked at this map recently? Israeli settlements – the splashes of blue – have turned the idea of a contiguous Palestinian state into a bad joke. The prospect of an Israeli government being willing to pull its citizens out of Ariel, for example, Israel’s fourth–largest settlement which sits slap bang in the middle of the West Bank, is inconceivable.
Clearly, this is a living nightmare for the Palestinians: unless there is a serious sea-change in Israeli politics, any hope of a real future state will soon be dead.
Venetia Rainey is a Middle East correspondent for TheWeek.co.uk based in Lebanon where she works for the national English-language paper,
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