Cipora, shalom, I do agree with you. That is, Israel and the PA should negotiate directly. Unfortunately, it is not possible for one main reason. The United States of America has such a massive foothold in the Middle East and intends to maintain its hegemony no matter what. Whilst many disagree with its policies, we must never forget that both Washington and Jerusalem are bound together on some journey that has yet to be mapped out. PM Netanyahu knows only to well how far this umbilical cord can be stretched. I believe he was blindsided by the far right vis a vis the 1600 housing issue. Have a nice day.
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