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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Ridiculous: Israel to lease land in 'east' Jerusalem

A report in the London-based pan-Arabic daily a-Sharq al-Awswat on Friday claimed that Israel may lease land in 'east' Jerusalem from the 'Palestinians' for 40-99 years under a future 'peace agreement.'
The US is negotiating the future borders of the Palestinian state with Israel, according to a report released by Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat on Friday.

One option is reportedly that Israel would lease land in east Jerusalem from the Palestinian state for 40-99 years.

Palestinian sources confirmed to the paper that the US and Israel are discussing borders and settlements, but PA President Mahmoud Abbas does not yet know the details.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's office refused to confirm or deny the reports, and State Department sources told the paper that Israel and the US are discussing matters "as a part of the the close relations between the two countries."

Asharq Al-Awsat also reported that Israel and the Palestinians discussed the option of leasing land in talks at Taba in 2001, but they discussed leasing for 6-9 years, and not 99.
There are two problems with a lease. One is that it implies that the lessor or landlord owns the land. The 'Palestinians' do not own 'east' Jerusalem or any other part of our eternal capital.

The other problem is that leases expire.

I cannot believe that our government is even having this discussion.

Both YNet and Arutz Sheva adds that similar discussions are underway regarding the Jordan Valley. No, I don't favor that either.


At 4:56 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

I can see Israel's dhimmi Jewish leadership wants to lease their own country and Jerusalem from the Arabs! I guess Jews need the latter's permission to even sneeze?

Let's hope it remains a rumor but any one dumb enough to seriously entertain adopting it deserves to be cursed by G-d and have harm befall him in this life and the next one.

For the love of G-d and all good things on this earth, let's not even go there!


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