The status quo in Israel is and has been, keep settlement expansion going and continue infringement on Palestinian neighborhoods in the west bank and East Jerusalem. All Jewish Israeli politicians support this. If the left wing of Israeli politics is exemplified by Barak and Peres, then there is no left wing. Barak and his party are allied with the extreme right and Peres is a spinmeister for a right wing government. If peace is to be made, it will come by being shoved down the throats of a resistant Israeli public and government. There will be no Israeli "heroes for peace".
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