i: "in that there`s no way to go back to status quo ante" Ivo, nobody is claiming that the game *ENDS* with everyone back in their starting positions. But if these are really "negotiations without preconditions" then the game should *COMMENCE* with both sides in their starting positions. Bibi doesn't want that: he wants it to mean that Abbas has to go back to scratch, but he gets to leave his chess pieces spread all over the board. Ivo: "secondly, the solution to the question of jerusalem, as something similar to what was proposed as part of the original `partition package` 60 years ago, ie jerusalem as a UN run city, is definitely not going to happen (nor do the pals demand that). " *sigh* No, it ain't gonna end up like that, but if these are really meant to be "negotiations without preconditions" then you start with the recognition that Jerusalem was meant to be a corpus separatum, and then you begin the negotiations from THAT starting position.
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from the article: Abbas give in to U.S. pressure for indirect Mideast talks