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Tanya's Book Graciously Notes Disagreement
author: Rowan Berkeley

"Perhaps surprisingly, opposition to immediate unconditional withdrawal comes not only from Israeli expansionist circles, but also from the proponents of the bi-national solution (one multi-ethnic state). They fear that this first withdrawal from Gaza and most of the West Bank will dictate a permanent two states situation, without a solution to the crucial questions of Jerusalem and the right of return. However, I believe it would be a grave oversight to give up now a concrete chance to get back much of the Palestinian lands, in the hope that in the future one could get more. Whichever solution the two peoples select in the future, it must be based, anyway, on the Palestinians having lands, resources, and the freedom to develop. So the process of acquiring these basics should start now, regardless of the final vision."

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