January 17, 2014
EXCEPT THAT'S PRECISELY WHY THEY WOULD:
PM, Livni said to support Liberman's land-and-people swap plan ( LAZAR BERMAN AND STUART WINER, January 17, 2014, Times of Israel)
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2014 12:57 PMUnnamed official sources told the newspaper that Netanyahu has concluded that, in the event of an agreement with the Palestinians, the demographic factor must be taken into consideration, which would mean amending the borders to include some Israeli Arab towns in the new Palestinian state as Israel would include some West Bank Jewish settlements. The officials said that, during negotiations with the Palestinian Authority in recent months, Livni brought up the names of specific towns and villages to be included in the Palestinian state."She is now expressing support for expanding the principle in the direction of the Liberman plan," one source said. "Pay attention to the fact that, after the things Liberman said at the ambassadors' summit [to the effect that peace required exchanging territory and populations], there were two people who chose not to discuss the issue -- Netanyahu and Livni," a senior official said. "It's not a coincidence."In the past, Netanyahu has rejected such an approach. Earlier this month, President Shimon Peres rejected the idea of a population transfer as "impractical," adding that "Israel cannot take away its citizens' citizenship simply because they're Arab."