Netanyahu: Israel to keep security control over West Bank

With Arab armies massed on its frontiers, Israel unleashed a lightning strike on June 5, 1967, defeating the combined forces of Egypt, Jordan and Syria, and tripling the amount of land under Israeli control.

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In the same year, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 242, which legitimised the territories occupied by Israel before 1967 as Israeli while defining the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem as "Occupied Palestinian Territories". "I can live with either one". The Jordanians were pushed out of east Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank, areas where the population was also Palestinian. In a matter of days it had swept away the deep fears Israelis had harboured and which most in the country saw as critical to the state's survival.

The idea is that the threat of an increasingly assertive Iran will bring Israel and influential Gulf Arab states together, creating a chance of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

"As a Palestinian citizen of Israel, I really want this occupation to end; I want people to have their freedom, my people, my Palestinian people" said one demonstrator.

The Palestinians seek a future state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with east Jerusalem as its capital. The settlements - not supported by all Israelis by any means - are deemed illegal under global law. First, if the approach is adopted, it splits the Arabs and puts even more space between the Gulf States and the Palestinians, thereby weakening the latter at the negotiating table.

We wish he would have taken a balanced approach and cited the Palestinians' refusal to accept peace and security in their own state and their preference for violence.

"Their intent is to make life so miserable for Palestinians so that they either succumb and submit to Israeli rule or that they leave".

Meanwhile, an Israeli panel approved plans on Tuesday for the first new Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank in two decades, Israeli media reports said, drawing Palestinian condemnation and defying repeated global appeals to avoid such measures.

The Israelis and the Palestinians came close in the summer of 2000, when Clinton convened the parties for two weeks of talks at Camp David.

Danny Yatom, a former head of Mossad, Israel's spy service, says Palestinians will soon outnumber Jews in Israel. On the other hand, 65 percent of Jewish Israelis said that Israel's control of the region contributes to Israel's security, as opposed to 29.7 percent who disagreed.

Arafat died two years later, but negotiations didn't get easier.

Michael Oren, an Israeli historian and current deputy minister in Israel's coalition government, urges patience.

In Oren's view, the Palestinians are "one of the big winners" of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, which he argues brought global recognition to their plight.

As it now seems increasingly possible that there will be a large "progressive contingent" in the House of Commons after June 8th, Labour's manifesto commitment to immediately recognise the State of Palestine is very welcome.

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