Guest post by Pink Prosecco
There was an interesting piece in yesterday’s Jerusalem Post. Apparently a unilateral withdrawal from the West Bank is being seriously considered by at least some elements in the Israeli government.
Ehud Barak is the main supporter of such a move. Opponents include Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon:
“Anyone raising the possibility of unilateral steps is preventing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas from returning to the negotiating table because it confirms the belief that if they just wait, Israel will fold and give in,” Ya’alon said.
But – although one might reasonably hope that such a withdrawal could lead to improvements in the day to day lives of some Palestinians – this would hardly amount to ‘giving in’.
There is no indication that settlements would be given up, for example, and I think it can safely be assumed that the withdrawal will not extend to East Jerusalem. But – it’s an intriguing development.