“The view that a settlement halt is required for a peace deal to be achieved is short-sighted”

BEGIN-SADAT CENTER FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES
West Bank Construction Can Help Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Col. (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman
April 6, 2017

The understandings reached between the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government, and approved by the Israeli Security Cabinet (despite some protests), show that a reasonable program of settlement construction is not the root of all evil in the region. In fact, a peace deal is more likely if space is given to the mainstream settler community. The new understandings overturn the language of UNSCR 2334 and the “purist” interpretation of “international legitimacy.” Such a return to the recognition of existing realities – which was granted in the exchange of letters between Bush and Sharon in April 2004 – would help all sides come closer to a realistic compromise. READ MORE

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