Interactive Map of Possible Israel-Palestine Land Swaps
Steven L. Taylor
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Via the Washington Institute: Imagining the Israeli-Palestinian Border.
Of use for trying to understanding what is being discussed.
Plus, maps are cool.
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective.
He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog).
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Totally unworkable without a lot of bloodshed and ethnic cleansing
Hitler could play with maps all day and still not have a clue as to what was going on. How many disaster have we had in the world, because of people drawing arbitrary lines on maps and not having a clue what the real world is like,
Oh, the irony.
SH: The people drawihng these maps are far from clueless bureaucrats diddling around from a thousand miles away. That they’re being proffered by the Washington Institute–a pro-Israeli organization–should further suggest the legitimacy of their origin.
Israel is going to have to give up land. The Palestinians are going to have to give up an actual ‘right of return’. Jerusalem is going to have to be re-split. If not, then welcome to another half-century of needless bloodshed on both sides of the borders.
Call me crazy, but I don’t think SH is interested in actual knowledge or dialog.
I’ll have to check them out and see just how the Palestinians’ territory will be “contiguous,” as Obama promised. Connecting the West Bank and Gaza ain’t gonna be pretty…
It’s contiguous within the West Bank, not between West Bank and Gaza.
Without hydrological information the map is less useful than it might be. Not all of the land is equal.
You mean they are envisioning a solution based on the 67 borders with swaps???
Michael, you got a source for that, or are you just projecting your own thoughts on to Obama’s statement?
The Jews will no more give up East Jerusalem than the Catholics would give up the Vatican.
That I agree with, But we have already seen Obama has his own ideas of what the Middle East should look like. Israel would be better off to wait till Obama is out of office before working on peace. I don’t think Obama is going to take the public lecture by Netanyahu in good spirits.
What ever happened to Clinton’s Mid-East peace plans? I thought it was workable till Arafat walked off.
SH, you answered your own question. Arafat walked off precisely because it was workable. Can’t let the perpetual grievances end, after all…
OK if your so damn smart answer me this question. Beginning with the Truman, all presidents have had a try at Middle East peace, right?
In the almost 63 years, has there ever been a formal peace agreement that was accepted by the Palestinians, and rejected by Israel?
On the theme of “primers” I highly recommend Yaacov Lozowick’s series of photo essays called “Don’t divide Jerusalem” (whether or not one agrees with his conclusion).
Also his recent post “The 1967 Line”