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Israel & the Arabs: an unbreakable, perpetual and indissoluble relationship.

April 20, 2012
by Lawrence Gulotta

The historical curiosity is that Israel has an unbreakable, perpetual and indissoluble  relationship with the local Arabs, their villages and cities, their culture and economic activities. There can be no path moving Israel into isolation from the local Arabs. The security walls serve their purpose, but are not a long term solution.
With the dramatic expansion of the “settlements,” the demarcation between Israel and the Arab owned and controlled areas, is vanishing, quickly. So much so that the concept of a “two-state solution” has become anachronistic. The affected regions have become a continuous, suburban geography, nearly indistinguishable from each other, with the proviso that the Israelis occupy the high ground, and the Arabs are domiciled in the  low lands and valleys.
The success or failure of the PA administered areas has a direct impact on the quality of life for Israelis. Israel cannot be Israel, a democratic state, without the integration, de facto or de jure, of the local Arabs in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.  This means equality before the law, appropriate compensation in cases of eminent domain or expropriation, universal education, and a decidedly robust welfare state or safety net, incorporating the local Arabs.
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