Anatoly Vorobey (avva) wrote in meast_ru,
Anatoly Vorobey

заявление буша

Вот здесь обсуждают заявление Буша, в основном с критических позиций (я и ещё несколько комментаторов вносят противоположные коррективы). Но мне хочется процитировать один комментарий оттуда, который показался особенно интересным:

Much as I hate to admit it, I think Bush (inadvertently?) did whatever remains of the mideast peace process a favor by taking the “right of return” off the table. I worked for an NGO in the West Bank in 1995-6 and even in that relatively conciliatory period was dismayed to see how young Palestinians were being indoctrinated that they would eventually “inherit” not only Jaffa but Tel Aviv as well. Most—at that time—were willing to make “peace” with Israel, but that was clearly understood as being a temporary solution. The longer term solution was, of course, the elimination of Israel. The rhetoric surrounding the “right of return” has always clouded Palestinian (and Arab) perceptions about what was possible in the creation of a Palestinian state.

On the other hand, I witnessed firsthand some of hardships the Palestinians had to endure because of the settlements in the West Bank. They ought to go, not neccesarily for legal reasons (the legality or illegality of the settlements has never been firmly established) but for political ones. Israel’s security concerns can be met by army outposts, perhaps bases, in certain strategic areas. And it would be up to the Palestinians to negotiate such leases, maybe even minor land swaps. They should not be imposed.

Posted by Peter · April 15, 2004 08:24 PM

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