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  • Israel’s security experts redraw West Bank map for Trump era | The Times of Israel

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    Institute for National Security Studies urges growth only in settlement blocs, calls for developing parts of Area C for Palestinians

    By Andrew Tobin January 4, 2017, 7:53 am

    The security barrier that separates East Jerusalem’s Shuafat refugee camp, on the right, from the Jewish neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

    JTA — Israel’s leading security think tank has published a plan to redraw the map of the West Bank in a bid to consolidate major settlements and prevent the spread of others.

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    The plan, presented Monday to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin as part of the Institute for National Security Studies’ yearly strategic survey, calls for the government to allow construction in West Bank settlement blocs and Jerusalem. At the same time, it recommends a halt to construction in the 90 percent of the territory outside the major settlements.

    In laying out the plan, researchers Assaf Orion and Udi Dekel argue that negotiations with the Palestinians are unlikely to lead to a final-status agreement. With relations deadlocked, they warn, Israel is drifting toward a single binational state with the Palestinians, which threatens its democratic and possibly Jewish identity.

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