Israel will be held responsible for the break down of direct jokes. This is true, not because I or Abbas says it, but because of -- what people in the legal profession call -- circumstantial evidence. As much as I hate to reference another commenter, for the sake of clarity, I shall: It's very obvious what Israel has to lose from the establishment of a Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders, but what does it have to gain from it? Or, what does Israel have to lose if the direct jokes fail?... in other words, where's the accountability? People of wisdom know that when the hunky-dory continues, there is no incentive to change the status quo. I listened to a lecture in the past, where the lecturer spoke of the need of Israel to suffer a major military defeat for it to be grounded... I can understand his point of view.