Comment and Opinion

D. Bloomfield – 27/01/2011

“The Washington Institute for Near East Policy has published a report by senior fellow David Makovsky detailing three scenarios for redrawing borders that would allow Israelto retain the maximum number of settlers in a minimum number of settlements, along with 1:1 land swaps that would give Palestinians the equivalent of 100% of the West Bank.

‘Territory is not the only issue on the peace agenda,’ said Makovsky, ‘but a breakthrough on this issue may open the door to progress on the others.’

He estimated it could cost nearly $1 million per family to relocate settlers inside Israel’s new borders based on the 2005 Gaza withdrawal and on a family size of 5.3 (more for smaller families).”

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