It's always so depressing. And it just gets worse. Buidling walls may slow down violence between two peoples but it won't stop it. Peace will.
So Israel has proposed a peace plan to the Palestinians. The Israeli government wants to keep all of the major settlements in the West Bank and the land on the Israeli side of the Wall -- remember when everyone said the Wall wasn't permanent. It can be torn down. Don't worry! It's just an effort to stop violence and bring about peace.
Yea, right! It's a land grab that also helped block, in a shortterm way, violence and resistance.
And, the Israelis want to take about 10 percent of the West Bank (and that doesn't include the chunk they took in annexing East Jerusalem and all that land which includes half of the illegal settlements), and give the palestinians about 6 percent of land in the Negev Desert.
No sharing of Jerusalem. East Jerusalem stays with Israel.
Israel isn't saying, we can talk about Jerusalem sharing later. They're not saying, the wall is temporary -- like they used to say over and over again about the wall, and about the settlements. Remember that one? Oh, we need the sewttlements for "security." Sound familiar. The settlements were supposed to create security. Now, the settlements need security and the Wall is supposed to provide security. Pretty soon, Israel will be building a wall around the wall to make the wall secure.
Well, if there ever was a plan to ignite continued conflict, that's it.
I don't know. I'm a big supporter of two states. But this will kill the idea if it continues. Sounds more like a politically-driven plan to make the fanatics in Israel happy, like Nejamin Netanyahu and his street crew. Or, maybe, it's a plan to make the Palestinians say "no" since the Israeli government knows it is a lousy plan and the Palestinians won't accept it and the priority isn't peace but to create a political diversion to impact Israeli politics.
Too bad for peace. We knew thee well ...