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These developments will continue.
by Ted Rudow III, MA (Tedr77 [at]
Thursday Jan 16th, 2014 1:04 PM
The West Bank is essentially imprisoned. Its one access to the outside world would be through Gaza—access through the sea, through the air, if there was an airport, and so on. By breaking Gaza from—separating Gaza from the West Bank, that undercuts whatever limited possibility there might be for a meaningful Palestinian self-determination.
these developments will continue.

Israel will keep the people in Gaza on a diet. We won’t let them starve to death; that won’t look good in the international world. We’ll just give them just enough to stay barely alive in this open-air prison. If you look at the history of South Africa, it was pretty similar. By 1960, the South Africans knew that they were becoming a pariah state. The U.S., along with Britain, was still vetoing and blocking resolutions which would call for any kind of sanctions, and supporting South African atrocities and crimes.

This is a kind of a replay of it. As long as the United States, the most powerful state in the world, continues to play its crucially supportive role, unfortunately, these developments will continue.

Ted Rudow III, MA
by Mike Novack
Saturday Jan 18th, 2014 11:35 AM
There would be NO connection between the West bank and Gaza unless the Palestinians (with their new state) were willing to negotiate a peace with Israel.

If Israel would be surrounding the West bank then yes, there would be some implied right to cross Israel to get out. But this would NOT be the case as Jordan lies to the east. Of course the Jordanians killed more Palestinians during "Black September" than the Israelis have done over the years.

This is the elephant standing in the corner of the room, the real obstacle in the way of an unoccupied Palestinian state. The problem is NOT simply the Israelis except by their very existence. The sad reality is that in order to be viable the new Palestinian state would have to:
a) prevent its people from attacking Israel (start a war with Israel and they are right back where they are now if not worse)
b) negotiate with Israel for transit rights and probably pay a stiff price for those.

Which would mean civil war at best.

Note that Gaza is sort of in the same position except that in addition to a border with Egypt would have access to the sea.