Two-state solution key to achieving peace

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    Jul 11, 2012 8:19 AM GMT
    'Two-state solution key to achieving peace'
    European Commission head says only viable solution is secure, recognized state of Israel and democratic, viable state of Palestine.

    Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a key issue in achieving regional peace and global stability, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Tuesday.

    He was delivering a speech at Haifa University, where he received an honorary doctorate in recognition of his work to combat anti-Semitism and his dedication to resolving the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.

    According to Barroso, the only viable solution is a negotiated two-state solution, with a secure and recognized state of Israel and a democratic and viable state of Palestine.

    “Here at the University of Haifa, you must have the right to study and teach without being threatened by the risk of deadly rocket strikes or terrorist attacks,” he said. “And Palestinians have the right to establish their own independent and democratic state on their side of the 1967 borders.”

    Barroso said he feared that continued Israeli settlement jeopardized the twostate solution.

    The EU, he added, stood ready to help both sides achieve a negotiated final-status agreement.

    “The European Union will be your steadfast partner in this endeavor and will assist you in lighting the candle of peace that will shine for many,” he said.

    Moving on to regional issues, he harshly condemned Syrian President Bashar Assad’s violent actions against his own citizens. A regime that kills its own people has no place in the community of nations, he said, and called on the UN Security Council to stop the bloodshed.

    With respect to Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, he said he supported strict sanctions unless a negotiated solution could be found.

    But the bulk of his speech focused more on the importance of education and democracy, as well as the strong ties between Europe and Israel.

    “Europe and Israel must both continue as strong democracies, staunchly committed to a vibrant civil society, respect for human rights and rights of people belonging to minorities,” he said.

    He was speaking at the end of a three day visit in which he met with top leaders in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
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    Jul 11, 2012 8:21 AM GMT
    Sure it will be. When Israel actually supports it. They do not. They'd rather keep Palestine occupied. Israel could end the conflict by allowing Palestine to be independent. The fact that they do not is what keeps the conflict going.
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    Jul 11, 2012 8:23 AM GMT
    You mean "independent" to keep on perpetrating terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians?!

    UNSCR 242 established the "land for peace" formula.
    Israel to withdraw to a negotiated border after a peace agreement.
    Israel has already withdrawn from 90+% of the territories captured in a defensive war in 1967.
    The problem is that various Arab parties reject peace, period.

    Why was there no "independent Palestine" prior to 1967?

    Why was there no peace prior to 1967?
    (Before the "occupation", "settlements", etc?)

    See also:

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    UN Security Council Resolution 242, Oslo Accords, Camp David & Taba.

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