A major reason why Israel faces world wide ostracism is the flawed analysis so often propagated by people like Daniel Levy and which has been so skillfully exploited by groups dedicated to erasing the results of 1948, not 1967. Their spurious thesis is that if Israel would only end the 1967 occcupation, then peace, justice and harmony will automatically prevail. As the evacuation of Gaza proved, that may not necessarily work out so well. In order to prevent Israel from being surrounded on two fronts by a hostile and irredentist Hamastan, then clearly a true peace agreement between the Israeli and Palestinian sides is necessary. However, the Camp David summit, Taba negotiations , Olmert/Abbas meetings and current footdragging on the proximity talks indicate that the mainstream PLO leadership is either politically or psychologically incapable of reaching any settlement that will allow for Israel to live in peace and security. Therefore, while continuing to remind Israelis of the desirability of ending the occupation, if only to enable Israel to enjoy future participation in a World Cup, it would be more than helpful if people like Daniel Levy would direct more of their efforts towards finding a willing, credible and sincere Palestinian partner for peace. Just like in football, Israel can not play the game by itself.
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