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By As'ad Ghanem

The Palestinian nationwide flow reached a dead-end and got here with regards to disintegration firstly of the current century. The fight for strength after the dying of Yasser Arafat in 2004 signaled the top of a course towards statehood ready by means of the Oslo Accords a decade earlier than. the explanations for the failure of the flow are deeply rooted in smooth Palestinian heritage. As'ad Ghanem analyzes the inner and exterior occasions that spread out because the Palestinian nationwide move grew to become a "failed nationwide movement," marked via internecine fight and cave in, the failure to safe institution of a separate nation and accomplish a good peace with Israel, and the movement's declining stature in the Arab global and the overseas neighborhood.

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Secretary of state Condoleezza Rice succeeded in mobilizing Egypt in support of the evacuation of the Israeli settlers and army from the Gaza Strip. Egypt contributed to the reaching of an understanding over the settlers’ houses, according to which Israel committed itself to demolish these houses and transfer the rubble to the Egyptian desert. Economic relations between Israel and Egypt continued, with the two sides exchanging goods and cooperating over tourism. In 2005, Jordan and Israel resumed normal relations, especially after the Jordanian ambassador returned to Tel Aviv.

It has been the catalyst for the discussion of an Israeli withdrawal from the territories occupied in 1967. The demographic debate has also been broadened to include a link between withdrawal from parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the possibility of relinquishing predominantly Arab areas along the Green Line3 to a future Palestinian state in exchange, as well as the solution to the Palestinian refugee problem. The goal of this demographic discussion is, of course, to find ways to protect and ensure the steady growth of the Jewish majority.

We firmly stand by the historic right of the people of Israel to the entire Land of Israel. Every hill in Samaria and every valley in Judea is part of our historic homeland. We do not forget this, not even for one moment. However, the choice between the desire to allow every Jew to live anywhere in the Land of Israel and the existence of the State of Israel as a Jewish country—obligates relinquishing parts of the Land of Israel. This is not a relinquishing of the Zionist idea, rather the essential realization of the Zionist goal—ensuring the existence of a Jewish and democratic state in the Land of Israel.

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