I will start with the easier 'contra' option: 1. I believe Abbas himself does not agree to a partial peace agreement. He wants all the issues resolved first. He knows that the "temporary" might become permanent, especially with borders that include about 40% of the West Bank. I believe he is actually right. Fayyad is a fine man, but with little public following. 2. With a Palestinian state, tensions will grow on the ground and incident will multiply, Israel will not be able to exert enough control (such as entering an arresting people in "free" Palestine. 1. The new situation might make it easier to push the US to pressure Israel to change its policy of delaying forever. 2. Likud cannot ideologically accept even a small state in the West Bank, and Netanyahu the weak leader will not persuade it. Likud will fall under the pressure, perhaps even split apart, giving a chance for progress. I vote for the EU initiative. We have to move ahead of dated ideologies and messiah myths.
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks dies at 82 (Haaretz)
from the article: EU initiative: Recognition of Palestinian state by next year