A Palestinian Offer-That Will Be Refused

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has offered a program to Israel that would lead to serious discussions regarding reaching a two state solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestinians. He identifies four issues which must be discussed and for which there must be solutions:

1. The borders of a Palestinian state. He seeks return to the pre-1967 borders.

2.  The issue of settlements on the West Bank. He seeks an end to them.

3.  What is to be done about prisoners in Israel jails. He wants them released.

4.  A statement from Israel that it is serious about seeking a solution to these issues.

“Israel talks about a two state solution without taking a single step toward that solution” is his complaint.

These issues can be resolved if both parties are willing to compromise. For example, at least 80% of settlers can remain on the West Bank without taking too much terrtory away from Palestinians. The real problem is the current American election which makes impossible any desire on the part of President Obama to work for a compromise solution. If Romney wins, forget about any solution.

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