Several issues stand in the way of an agreement, including Turkish demands of unfettered access to the Gaza Strip, and Hamas activity in Turkey.17:16 11.02.16 | 0 comments
It's interesting how the Israeli demographics have changed so significantly to that of supporting only 4 years ago and the elections previous to that, a centrist party with 28 Knesset seats for Kadima, and it's expected a dismal election result outcome next Tuesday. For the immediate future, the only hope would be if the Likud-led government achieves a centrist, moderate foreign policy agenda, (which probably they have no other choicee but to do that), then this election result will be more promising. For example, I asked last week at a Friday night Shabbat dinner a veteran Palmach officer, who'll soon be arriving to spend some months in Israel with his son's family and will vote Likud, what will happen if PM Netanyahu decides to accept a withdrawal from the West Bank and retaining the main settlement blocs as other prime ministers proposed, would you accept that voting as a Likudnik? He said, " Yes, as long as there's security considerations in place." That's been some attitudinal progress since we've been going to this family's Shabbat dinners. But there's a long, long way to go for trusting reconciliation with the Palestinians, nevertheless.