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Israel widens settlement subsidies

Israel widens settlement subsidies | Als Return to Education |
Israel angers Palestinian officials by extending a subsidy scheme to settlements that were illegal until recently, days after peace talks restarted.
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With the peace process just starting again, will this act derail it as it has done in the past?  The settlements in the occupied territority are considered illegal under international law, a claim that Israel denies.  Shoudl the US and the international community set in and stop the spread of the settlements oe even get them to be removed?  Or shoudl they remain in order to guarantee the security of Israel?  It seems that every time peace is talked about in this area, something happens that puts the peace process in danger.

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Countries that will support Palestine's UN bid for statehood

Countries that will support Palestine's UN bid for statehood | Als Return to Education |
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This map is highlights the importance of not just how many supporters you have, but WHICH supporters are in your corner. 

Via Seth Dixon
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The map is amazing and so are some of the comments that go along with it.  The countires in grey though I think have been mislabelled.  The US would want a Palesinian state as long as it is not under the control of a terrorist group and one that will acknowledge the the State of Israel has the right to exist.  It is amazing to see that they want the right of statehood but they are unwilling to grant that right to the people of Israel.  Its also amazing to note that many of the countries in green do recognize Israel and its right to exist.  This land has been under the control of many different people over the centuries and borders have been drawn and redrawn over and over.  It is time to sit down, talk like human beings and come to a solution.  Is it going to happen???  Probably not in my lifetime or my kids...history is just repeating itself again! 

Kyle M Norton's comment, January 30, 2012 2:13 PM
This map does a good job of showing the division of east vs west
Kmcordeiro670's comment, February 2, 2012 5:24 PM
This map highlights the complexity of geopolitics in our modern times even further when set along side the current Syrian situation. The Palestinian conflict seems to be more social and political, the Syrian conflict has a much broader scope in terms of resources at risk. Thus if this was asking supporters of the Syrian resistance the giant mass of Russia must be dropped as a supporter, the same of Saudi Arabia. They have a much large stack in Syria remaining tyrannical for economic and regional issues then if Palestine was De-colonized.
Derek Ethier's comment, October 25, 2012 10:46 PM
This fact that this map displays how "Western" nations (NATO, U.N., Australia, etc.) are the only nations to deny the Palestinian bid for statehood shows how divided our world is today. Western nations dominate the world's landscape, though China has gained a great amount of power over the past decade or so. In reality, Palestine probably does deserve statehood. National boundaries should be drawn around ethnic lines. It some cases this is impossible, as in this case. The support Western Europe pledges to Israel on this issue is obvious and this is but another reason why tensions increase between the Middle East and the Western world.