Col. (Ret.) Shaul Arieli
14.01.2013 analysis by Col. (Ret.) Shaul Arieli

The West Bank: Two Eggs or a Single Omlet

Facts on the ground hold little sway over those who argue for annexing settlements and discourage the peace process — according to some, partition is impossible
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The solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been known since the Biritish Royal Comission, headed by Lord Peel in 1937, invented the idea of partition. The notion later became that of "two states for two peoples" and negotations were held between Israel and the PLO in the last few decades established the 1967 lines plus one-to-one land swaps as the [territorial] basis for negotiations. Actualizing this idea requires, first and foremost, political and public support on both sides. But there are other conditions that also must exist — officiallly dividing Israel must come at reasonable social and economic costs. In other words, to use political scientist Meron Benvenisti's metaphor, the question is whether the division of the West Bank will look like the separation of two whole egs, or is it doomed from the start, and any attempt would be more like separating a two-egg omlet? 

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