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    • Fahmi Natour
    • 03.09.10 | 11:41 (IDT)

    The freeze on settlement building was self imposed. To the PA, it meant hope for future state is still possible. Israel's insistence now on resumption of building activity is tantamount to removing the last realistic hope, of establishing a viable state for Palestinians. I think, everyone understands that it would be impossible to continue discussions of a gradually disappearing reality. PM Natanyahu can rescue the peace process, by declaring a temporary freeze pending final status agreement within a year. It is all in his hands. Pressuring Abbas to continue talks just for sake of talks, while Israel continues the gradual chomping of the remaining piece of land; would be making a mockery of Abbas and the peace process, in the eyes of all Palestinians , not only the extreme factions. We must remember that extreme factions on both sides want the process to fail, and there is no other more potent factor to guarantee failure than the resumption of building activity.

    from the article: Palestinian source: U.S. pressuring Abbas to continue talks even if settlements expand
    First published 01:57 03.09.10 | Last updated 01:57 03.09.10
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