weaker country

Usually, when a weaker country negotiates with a stronger country after a war, the weaker country is more eager and motivated to resolve issues and come to a settlement. Because the weaker country is granted assurances and becomes immune from future military actions by the stronger country, by treaty. Borders are settled and the stronger country is bound not to cross them.

However, in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, it is the PA which is refusing to negotiate. The PA is the weaker side, by far. Yet, they walk away from the table.

The PA stipulates that the reason is that Israel is building apartments, schools, roads and infrastructure on land that the PA claims as theirs.

They justify their claim by pointing out that these lands are over the former borders. But the borders were never recognized by ether side.
The lines were drawn in 1949 after Israel's war of independence, and
the lines are simply as much as the five Arab armies could take in that war. The 1949 armistice lines were never recognized by any party.

The obvious solution for the PA would be to come to an agreement with Israel, and finally set the border lines. Once the borders are set, then guarenteed Israel will not be building in the PA area. Somehow, this has been missed by the PA leadership.

And what a double standard is applied. The PA feels justified in firing missles at Israel, and sending suicide bombers to kill, in order to "liberate". But Israel is condemmed because they build roads, houses, schools and so on. Unbelieveable!


Blogger Julius said...

PA is not the weaker side - all of the West and all Arab countries stand beside them, or next to them. The weaker side is Israel, for if not for the U.S. Jews, they are all alone. I am afraid they are all alone, and no one cares...

6:17 PM, March 27, 2010  

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