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巴以问题评论 (英文版)

(2004-04-20 14:17:05)
分类: 政治与时事
April 20, 2004

The Israelis and Palestinians have to learn to live with each other, co-exist, peacefully, and recognise the hard fact that the other side will be a permanent presence: the Jewish state in the historic Palestinian and the Palestinian state in West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Both sides have to act pragmatically and discard unrealistic mythologies or purely ideologically grounded grandiose objectives, which are in fundamental conflict with real circumstances.  

 

The Israeli side

 

    The Israelis have to abide to the Resolution 242 of United Nation Security Council which requests Israeli to withdraw from the areas it has annexed in the 1967-war. The Israeli right-wing, chauvinists, nationalists, Zionists, settlers/settle movements have to accept this is the most basic step towards a peace process, and to understand that their occupation of Palestinian territory is illegal, unjustified and condemned by the United Nation and international community at large.

    Israelis should stop to undertake “targeted assassination” against leaders of Hamas and other Palestinian opposition groups, recognising the fact , at least implicitly, that:

    These opposition Palestinian groups are the only armed resistant force that Palestinians have;

    That the Israeli’s side is undertaking act of terrorism – an activity they condemn – in the name of state. Israeli needs not to profess this recognition but should nevertheless comprehend it from their heart. Israeli has to reassess its whole approach in handling the affair and understand what give cause to those terrorists attacks in the first place

    That both side needs to refrain from exercising violence, not only the Palestinians, but also Israelis themselves

 

The Palestinian side

    The Palestinians have to recognise that the Jewish state will be there and forever and accept this as a fait accompli. To expel the Israelis and restore sovereignty over the so-called historic territory owned by Palestinians is completely impossible.

    Further, the Palestinians should understand that they have to accept a deal in which they would preserve only 20% of their historic land, even in the circumstances that Israeli ends its occupation in West Bank and Gaza Strip.

    The Palestinians’ assertion that refugees, the Palestinian Exodus, after 1948, should have the right to return to Israel, is impossible. It is a myth that thwarts negotiation of the two sides. Millions of refugees, were they to return, would render Israel losing its Jewish demographic majority, and a Jewish majority is one of the most important principle that Jewish people would maintain.

    It is probably true that full and complete withdrawal of settlements in the occupied West Bank (involving hundreds of thousands Jewish settlers after 1967) by the Israelis is unrealistic and the Palestinians should accept the fact that several biggest blocks of settlements are to remain there permanently as a fait accompli. However, the conflict of territory claims should be solved by land swap, i.e. a redrawing of border line, in which Israeli should hand over lands (of its own in Pre-1967 territory) equivalent to its occupation in West Bank in terms of size of area, as a fair deal, and the Palestinian should accept the deal if it is perceived sufficiently fair.  

Both side should acknowledge the fact that if they do not sit down to negotiate based on these understandings there would be no peace but permanent conflict and violence.

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