Yoel Marcus has joined his colleague Bradley Burston in blaming the latest impasse in the peace process on Obama's diplomacy. Can't Israelis get it through their heads that after 40 years of settlement building which went on even while the parties were negotiating, the Palestinians have said enough. A settlement freeze has been part of the roadmap demands ever since Bush announced the roadmap. Marcus quotes Barak as saying why all the fuss about a few thousand more houses in the settlements, they are all going away anyway. Really? Aluf Benn reported on Oct. 9 that Netanyahu concurs with the position paper published by a rightwing think tank which says Israel must hold on to Area "C" in any final deal. If so we are not just talking about the 3% to 6% of the West most people think is at issue. We are talking about 60% of the West Bank continuing to be held by Israel, with a Palestinian "fried chicken" state in the other 40%. this was unacceptable even to George W. Bush.
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from the article: There's no peace of the weak