Friday, November 26, 2010

"subsequent developments"

"Mrs Clinton spoke of an accord that “reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state, based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps, and the Israeli goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognised borders that reflect subsequent developments and meet Israeli security requirements.”  The wording is crucial. It repeats the aims expressed by the two previous American presidents, Bill Clinton in December 2000 and George Bush in April 2004. “Subsequent developments” refers to the large Jewish settlement blocks, including those such as Beitar and Modiin Ilit, that Israel has built close to the 1967 border and which it would absorb under any workable deal."