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    • Marc
    • 01.04.14 | 22:23 (IDT)

    As sad as it is, that was the best choice for the Palestinians. Negotiations do not work if one side is so weak that it has nothing to offer. And that's exactly what happened in recent years: Israel was only faking to be actually interested in peace negotiations. There was simply no motivation for Israel to act differently, for, from the israeli point of view, the advantages they'd gain from a peace agreement were so small that they were easily outweighed by the disadvantages. In the end, peace negotiations always prove to be nothing but a chance for israeli to keep up the status quo for a few months more. The wall greatly helped reducing terrorist attacks on mainland israel. That's great, but it also came with a downside: It was the only desperate option the palestianians had left. Now there was absolutely nothing relevant left that israel would be interested in - except for Palestinians NOT going to international institutions. And apparently, that's indeed a threat that Israel takes very serious.

    from the article: Kerry cancels Mideast visit after Palestinians renew UN bid
    First published 22:24 01.04.14 | Last updated 21:36 01.04.14
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