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    • Natallie Durson
    • 04.11.10 | 16:47 (IST)

    It is not even remotely in Israels interest to make a peace deal. It would require a substantial withdrawal from the settlements. It would throw Israel into domestic turmoil, and it would not stop Hamas attacks. It would likely increase Hamas attacks (unless Hamas was part of the deal). No Israeli politician will ever willingly make peace, although political correctness requires that they favor peace. Not only will a peace have to be forced on Israel, it would require a major effort, including threats of loss of American support and the establishment of international sanctions. Even then Israel will kick and scream at every cusp and step in the process. When Ari Shavit says that Obama "musn't force a final deal", he is saying that Israel should continue expansion and wait out this idiot just as they have all the others. It has worked so far, but if Obama is as serious about peace as Ari Shavit seems to believe, he will begin by giving Netanyahu such a public drubbing just to set the stage. I don't see it coming.

    from the article: Obama can make peace, but mustn't force a final deal
    First published 02:45 04.11.10 | Last updated 02:45 04.11.10
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