De jødiske bosetningene på palestinsk territorium står sentralt i fremforhandlingen av en to-stat-løsning i Israel/Palestina-konflikten. Men, som denne leserreaksjonen hos Sullivan viser, er det stor forskjell på typen bosetning – og hvilke politiske og geografiske konsekvenser det vil få å fjerne dem.
A similar type of settler- believe they are fulfiling God’s command- lives in small gated towns dotted across the West Bank- in strategic locations meant to frustrate any attempts at a contiguous Palestinian state. These are the settlements that pose the biggest problem: they are generally not situated near the 1967 border, and as such, highways have been built to accommodate them, which usually means checkpoints for Palestinians, etc.
They undermine Palestinian sovereignty, and are more than occasionally attacked by Palestinian militants, which only then serves to further justify their presence, at least in their minds. They will have to be physically torn down or evacuated, and they are full of large families, with a deep religious belief in the lives they are leading. It will be a mess when these are torn down. Think Gaza in 2005, but on a much larger scale (and with the memory of Gaza’s result t etched into everyone’s mind….)
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