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Report: Netanyahu Considering 'Belgian' Model for Peace

The Times of Israel reported over the weekend that Israeli Prime Minister has dispatched researchers to study part of the international border between Belgium and the Netherlands, which includes a “highly complex,” non-linear border, “under which citizens of one country live in enclaves within the other, as a possible precedent to enable Jewish settlers in the West Bank to remain under Israeli rule inside a future Palestinian state.” 

On the one hand, this is good news. Studying foreign examples is a good way to learn from the mistakes and successes of other countries. On the other hand, the Palestinians are not Belgians. We are not talking about a highly civilized society with a taste for beer and bureaucracy. And both the Belgians and Dutch were easily overrun by the Germans–something to consider as Israel contemplates the bigger regional picture.

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