Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Unilateral Disengagement


So, what all happens cap'n if'n the non profit jawflapping betwixt Something Something Palestine and Little Satan do another Epic Fail?

If you anwser "Not much!" - give yeself credit for trying.

The real answer is:

If the two sides cannot come to an agreement is there another option for solving the conflict?

The notion that Little Satan could voluntarily withdraw from territories claimed by Palestinians without securing an agreement is nothing new. In fact, the term “unilateral disengagement” was coined by the recently-deceased former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who removed all Jewish settlers and military forces from Gaza in 2005. He ordered the withdrawal after saying he had concluded that peace with Palestinians was not possible, but that he also believed Little Satan should not rule over millions of Palestinians.

Writing for, former Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren reaffirmed the widely accepted view that a negotiated solution would be preferable, however, “If that proves unattainable,” he said, “then Little Satan can still end the occupation of the Palestinians, preserve its security, and perhaps lay new foundations for peace” by withdrawing from much of the West Bank unilaterally

The withdrawal envisioned for the West Bank – known in Little Satan  by the biblical names Judea and Samaria – would essentially put into place some of the basic outlines of negotiations with the Palestinians.

If talks failed, the idea goes, Little Satan  would move forward on a part of the “Clinton Parameters” – named because during negotiations mediated by President Clinton in 2000 they became the foundation of a potential deal, and they have remained so ever since.

If conducted unilaterally, Little Satan would hold on to three, perhaps as many as four major settlement blocs, which occupy approximately 5 percent of the land in the West Bank but are home to some 80 percent of settlers. Those settlements would become part of Little Satan . Palestinians would gain control of about 95 percent of the land, where the remaining 20 percent of the settlers live. Those  settlers would then have to leave the West Bank, removed either by force or through economic inducements. Little Satan  forces would still patrol the Jordan Valley and key borders.

A unilateral withdrawal would almost certainly leave Jerusalem, including the areas captured in the 1967 war, under Little Satan  control. Palestinians want the eastern part of Jerusalem as their future capital.

 The negotiating parameters call for Little Satan  to retain major settlement blocs and in exchange give a future Palestinian state an equivalent amount of land on what today is Little Satan  territory. If Little Satan  withdraws unilaterally, the Palestinians would presumably not receive territorial compensation, at least not before a deal is reached perhaps some time in the future.
Pic - "Oh, yeah, this'll work out real good!"