Monday, April 9, 2012

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 5 percent figure is misleading

5 percent figure is misleading

"By 2001, there were 225,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank and Gaza. The best offer made to the Palestinians -- by President Clinton, not Prime Minister Barak -- was to withdraw 20 percent, leaving 180,000 in 209 settlements covering about 5 percent of the land. The 5 percent figure is quite misleading. It describes only the actual footprints of the settlements. In addition, there are other large areas that have been taken or earmarked for future expansion -- roadways that joined the settlements with each other and to Jerusalem, and life arteries, so-called, that provide water, sewage, electricity and communications. These range in width from 500 to 4,000 meters, and Palestinians cannot use or even cross many of these connecting links."

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