In the complex situation in which Palestinians and Israelis currently find themselves, two things seems equally evident: First, a viable and truly sovereign Palestinian state alongside Israel is an absolute prerequisite for a just and lasting peace; and second, Israel needs a Palestinian state. Without a Palestine state Israel faces what it considers as two unacceptable options.
Matrix of control
Israel’s “Matrix of Control” is a maze of laws, military orders, planning procedures, limitations on movement, kafkaesque bureaucracy, settlements and infrastructure – augmented by prolonged and ceaseless low-intensity warfare – that serves to perpetuate the Occupation, to administer it with a minimum of military presence and, ultimately, to conceal it behind massive Israeli “facts on the ground” and a bland façade of “proper administration.” The Matrix resembles the East Asian game of “
Beginning in 1977, upon his appointment as head of the Begin government's Ministerial Committee on Settlements, Ariel Sharon sought to create “facts on the ground” which would render Israel's Occupation irreversible.
Massive expropriation of Palestinian land, part of a systematic campaign designed to confine Palestinians to small and disconnected enclaves while expanding Israel's settlements.
Settlements and Settlement Blocs. More than 200 settlements have been constructed in the Occupied Territories. According to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, more than a half-million Israelis have moved across the 1967 boundaries (320,000 in the West Bank, 200,000 in East Jerusalem). The major goal of the settlement enterprise, in line with exclusive Jewish claims to the entire Land of Israel, is to preclude the establishment of a viable Palestinian state.