"that Israel wants an agreement and is not seeking excuses to stay in the territories."? I am genuinely puzzled by this. If that was the case then why was the number of Westbank settlers allowed to double after signing the Oslo accords? From some of the polling numbers there does not seem to be strong support in leaving the territories. I may be cynical but talk like this sounds like it is being addressed more to the EU and America to show that Israel is really really working towards a peaceful settlement while at the same time keeping its settlements.
Israel passes law sanctioning force-feeding prisoners (Haaretz)
from the article: He prefers to fall on his sword