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    • Mark
    • 10.01.10 | 20:10 (IST)

    Bibi wants one thing only from the Palestinians. To lock them in impotent packets of misery without a state or allies, while Israel consolidates their resources (but not the burdens of placating their voters and providing reasonable governemnt services to them). Every settler, every settlement, every outpost, and every restriction on Palestinian society is a move away from peace, yet Bibi calls his pauses, his shifts of emphasis, his willingness to temporarily slow the promotion of settlement as a peace offering? Ludicrous. There will be no peace until both sides stop pointing fingers, stop laying UNREASONABLE preconditions, stop feeling they deserve to throw one last mighty blow before peace, try to find empathy for the opponent, and seek agreement on a satisfactory near-term diplomatic arrangement. I used to thing tit-for-tat violence and Israel's thirst for overwhelming retaliation to every provocation were the only major obstacles to peace. Today I know differently.

    from the article: Netanyahu: Israel will resume West Bank building in 8 months
    First published 18:31 10.01.10 | Last updated 19:05 10.01.10
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