Usually, I'm one to support negotoiations in any conflict situation, The trouble is Abbas has been pretty open both to the world and to Bibi about his negotiating posityion and Wikileaks suggests that in private he has been even more flexible. By contrast, Bibi has refused to even discuss what Israel might offer, has been completely evasive and is now talking about a temporary state on 50 per cent of the land. Abbas is already seen as weak by his people, and by other Arabs. He risks everything if he turns up to more pointless negotiations with Bibi. What I find frustrating is why sane israelis don't just sign up what we all know is the basic deal: 1) Pre-1967 borders with minor mutual land swaps 2) New Palestine flooded with international forces as with Kosovo, to help ensre Israel's secxurity and security for any settlers who stay on as Pal citizens. 3) Return of 100,000 or less Pals to Israel with compensation for the rest. Plus some kind of similar deal for Jewish refugees from Arab countries 4) Recognition by Arab League of Israel with full and genuine trade and personal etc. contacts. That's the deal, as we all know it is. The Arabs seem ready to accept it. The world definitely is. But Israel, led by Bibi seems to be turning its back on it.
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