Dov, I'm in the middle of reading it now and completely agree with you. I am however drawing different conclusions. Our (Israel's) demand of recognition before negotiation is unrealistic. I understand that the thought is one can't/shouldn't negotiate with a side that doesn't believe in one's existence. However, based on Ross' main conclusion about where each side is coming from, all we should need to start direct negotiations is a guarantee of absolute security - recognition is irrelevant. This would mean no more terror. In return, we should recognize that the Naqba was in its own way as tragic as the Shoah and that it too needs to be redressed (without accepting blame). This would mean no more military operations & no more settlement expansion. In Ross' words, "Simple realities on the ground." Then, after the peace is hammered out, each side can fully recognize the other. But Levy is painfully correct. It must start with Israel/Hamas sitting down together.
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