Thursday, January 7, 2010

Presumably the Final Word on Evelyn Gordon



Two thoughts.

1. I understand the 4,000 year connection as an emotional matter but I'm uncomfortable using it as a basis for legal rights to land

2. Rights to land are settled by some of legal claims, agreements, might, facts on the ground over time etc. In the west, we prefer to settle our disputes by negotiation and reciprocal concessions. Just because the Palestinians won't play this way ( preferring a series of "lines in the sand " to preserve honour ) doesn't mean Israel shouldn't as well. And the best approach is what Gordon suggests- concessions as and when safety and security are not compromised.

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