An Intriguing New Mideast Peace Proposal

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has an interesting idea.

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Obviously a unilateral approach is not the best answer. A pullout would best be organized in coordination with the Palestinian Authority. But if the Palestinians remain inert, Israel must concentrate its presence in the major settlement blocs while not allowing new settlements to develop elsewhere. Most Israelis accept that Zionism is better expressed in a Jewish democratic state and not necessarily in the total earth of what is referred to as the Holy Land. Two great leaders, Theodor Herzl, the father of Zionism, and David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, believed in a Jewish democratic state that was dependent on a territory where the Jews are a majority. Partitioning was the original logic of the drive to statehood, and it is still its only recourse.

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