Whatever the truth about Obama’s calculations, he said two things that are, especially when taken together, potentially revolutionary for international relations:
- “You will be judged on what you've built, not what you've destroyed.”
- “I think it is possible for us to see a Palestinian state -- I'm not going to put a time frame on it -- that is contiguous, that allows freedom of movement for its people, that allows for trade with other countries, that allows the creation of businesses and commerce so that people have a better life.”
If we take Obama at his word, and in these first days we owe him that much respect, these are very serious words. The first sentence implies much for
How Can a Palestinian State Be "Contiguous"?
Note on this map that Israel chops what is left of Palestine in half, separating Gaza from the West Bank.
Note on this map the complex pattern of illegal Israeli settlements imposed on Palestinian territory.
Note on this map the complex pattern of Israeli and Palestinian sections of Jerusalem, which both sides will want as their capital.
Thanks to the Institute for Mideast Understanding for these maps.
The second sentence, with the significant word “contiguous,” implies enormous changes for
As for the idea of internal
Now combine Obama’s two statements. Imagine a unified, energized
Renewed Israeli repression of a freshly contiguous