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Jewish Settlements in the Israeli Occupied State of Palestine: Undermining Authentic Resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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A tour of the West Bank or a look at its geopolitical map reveals the extent of Israel's colonization strategy and how the settlements regime is undermining the two-state solution. The ongoing fragmentation of Palestinian land and communities into disconnected cantons, combined with the frequent collective punishment of closures, house demolitions and the confiscation of private property, are making the two-state solution far-fetched, if not impossible.

When the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) engaged the peace process with Israel with the signing of the first Oslo Accord on Sept. 13, 1993, the Palestinian people assumed that a Palestinian state would emerge within five years' time on the land occupied by Israel on June 5, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital. The Oslo agreement states:

During the further redeployment phases to be completed within 18 months from the date of the inauguration of the Council, powers and responsibilities relating to territory will be transferred gradually to Palestinian jurisdiction that will cover West Bank and Gaza Strip territory, except for the issues that will be negotiated in the permanent status negotiations.

And that...

* The two Parties view the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as a single territorial unit, the integrity and status of which will be preserved during the interim period.

* Neither side shall initiate or take any step that will change the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip pending the outcome of the permanent status negotiations.

From that point on, the peace agenda was never in full motion, and Israel made sure to put spokes in the wheel of the peace process until it jumped around from one setback to another, turning every dilemma into a crisis. The pretense that the Palestinians are not committed to the peace process has bought Israel the time it needs...