The Deal of the Century
By Micah Halpern
Monday June 24, 2019
I've Been Thinking:
The whole world knows that the Palestinians are not pleased with the Trump administration's Deal of the Century, but the truth is that there are Israelis who are not happy with it, as well. And not simply the prime minister. Many leaders of parties that will become part of the next coalition government will find parts of the deal highly objectionable.
Yet, despite those problematic areas, Israel must say "yes" in principle to the Deal of the Century.
Saying "yes" is how one gets a great deal.
The deal is a framework, a text upon which to work. It is a draft. Some items stay in, some are changed or modified and improved, others come out.
From Israel's point of view some issues - like questions of security, will need to be re- referenced and re-evaluated. The best example we have from what has, so far, been made public is linking Gaza with the West Bank via a train and highway.
Israel has rejected this idea for decades, ever since it was first proposed. It was always nixed for security purposes. Any route connecting Gaza and the West Bank would serve as an easy route of transport for terrorists and weapons.
Israel needs to think seriously about how they are going to deal with each proposal.
The Palestinians should have said yes and should be doing the same thinking.
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