Thursday, July 24, 2003

Poll says Jewish settlers will leave if paid: "Seventy-four per cent of Jewish settlers living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip would be willing to leave their homes in return for compensation from the Israeli government as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians, according to an opinion poll published on Wednesday.... The Israeli group Peace Now interviewed 1,100 settlers by telephone and found also that 44 per cent think the Palestinians deserve a state."

The attitude of the US is crucial. If the US suspended funding for military and settlement activity and instead conditioned or redirected it to a political solution, the prospects for a genuine two state solution based on the Green line 1967 borders are real.

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