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Israel & Google Earth

An aerial view of Israel's security dilemma and settlements.

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Published: January 7, 2012


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Visitor Comments: 20

(19) Saul Eisenberger, January 17, 2012 11:54 AM

In the end, Asau accepted

With all the feuding between Jacob and Asau, we don't often think about the fact that in the end, Asau accepted Jacob's right to the inheritance, and moved across the river to Egyp, with his entire family and belongings. Why don't his descendants do the same? Saul

(18) Anonymous, January 11, 2012 11:53 AM

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

I have strong links to Israel, and hope for peace, as do many. Obstacles are not only confined to the unwillingness to negotiate on the Palestinian side, but the reasons for this. Settlements, towns, villages, in the West Bank continue to be the key stumbling block to negotiations, and always the first hurdle. Perhaps another freeze is necessary, this time implemented, to make the negotiation table more welcoming. In terms of inhabitable space, suggestions that the West Bank is 'roomy' are the same as suggesting the Negev is roomy, or the North. In essence, the 'right of return' would eventually have to encompass Arab refugees if a 2-state solution is decided upon. However uninhabitable the land, both sides need as much space as they can get, so who's right?

Gary Katz, January 13, 2012 4:34 PM

It's obvious who's "right."

The Arabs have 26 Muslim countries in which to spread out. The Jews have a sliver of land, one-thousandth the size of Arab holdings. Whether you cut a pizza into 8 or 12 slices, it's still the same amount of pizza - only so much to go around. So it's not that the Arabs need the land (the Jews do). Psychologically, Arabs can't stand Jews ruling any "sacred Muslim lands." That's why even the "moderate" Palestinian leaders tell their people in Arabic that a two-state solution is only stage one of the grand plan of eliminating all of Israel. Settlements are not a stumbling block to negotiations - they are an excuse to avoid negotiations.

(17) mannyT, January 11, 2012 5:42 AM

They want all the banks...

Give up the West Bank and then they'll want the East Bank, the North Bank and the South Bank. What we need to understand in our hearts is that it's not about the banks of the Land of Yisrael, it's about the soul of Yisrael.

(16) Gary Katz, January 10, 2012 9:03 PM

Excellent illustration

This video exposes the lies of Palestinian propaganda. Most people don't realize the tiny amount of land actually in dispute. The problem is not that the Jews live on so much land. The problem (as seen by Muslims) is Jewish hegemony over any land Muslims ever controlled (even if that land was originally stolen from Jews).

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