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As the coming Paris conference looms closer, avid two-state proponents should understand what the prescription they advocate really means: Israel through the binoculars of a Palestinian “intelligence officer”

It appears this week on the following sites (in alphabetical order):

ALGEMEINER:  https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/01/13/the-perils-of-palestine-in-pictures/
ISRAELI FRONTLINE:  http://www.israelifrontline.com/2017/01/fray-palestine-perils-pictures.html
ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/20040
ISRAEL NEWS ONLINE:  https://israelnewsonline.org/into-the-fray-palestine-the-perils-in-pictures/
ISRAEL’S VOICE: http://www.israelsvoice.org/2017/01/12/fray-palestine-perils-pictures/
 ISRAPUNDIT:  http://www.israpundit.org/archives/63620805
MEDIUM:   https://medium.com/@martinsherman/into-the-fray-palestine-the-perils-in-pictures-ad94727230dd#.1pdlpgeum
JEWSDOWNUNDER: http://jewsdownunder.com/2017/01/13/into-the-fray-21/
 JEWISH PRESS: (To be posted)      

An excerpt:

If [a Palestinian state] is established, it will be armed to the teeth. Within it there will be bases of the most  extreme terrorist forces, equipped with anti-tank and anti-aircraft shoulder-launched rockets, which will endanger not only random passers-by, but every airplane and helicopter taking off in the  skies of Israel and every vehicle traveling along the major traffic routes in the coastal plain…[T]he frontiers  of the Palestinian state will constitute an excellent staging point for mobile forces to mount attacks on  infrastructure installations vital for Israel’s existence, to impede the freedom of action of the Israeli  air-force in the skies over Israel, and to cause bloodshed among the population…in areas adjacent to the  frontier-line… – Shimon Peres, “Tomorrow is Now”, (Keter publishers),  pp. 232, 255. 

Israel, small and exposed, will neither be able to exist nor to prosper if its urban centers, its vulnerable airport and its narrow winding roads, are shelled.  This is the fundamental difference between them and us, this is the terrible danger involved in the establishment of a third independent sovereign state between us and the Jordan River.Amnon Rubinstein, ‘The Pitfall of a Third State’, Ha’artez, Aug 8, 1976.

These two citations encapsulate, with chilling accuracy, the deadly dangers to which Israel would be exposed if a Palestinian state were to be established on the commanding hills overlooking the country’s heavily populated coastal plain, in which about 80% of the country’s civilian population and commercial activity, are located…As the upcoming Paris conference, designed to foist a two-state reality on Israel, draws closer, it is vital that the public, both in Israel and abroad, understand just how precarious Israel’s situation is liable to be if such a perilous prescription be adopted. These dire dangers are graphically conveyed by the following series of photographs taken from sites inside the territory designated for any future Palestinian state. They demonstrate dramatically how vulnerable and exposed Israel would appear through the binoculars of a Palestinian “intelligence officer” (a.k.a. terrorist)…

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