given the unpredictability of Hamas (their political inclusion didn't work so well unfortunately as of yet) and their "agenda" is not realistic, while on the other hand the majority of Palestinians support President Abbas who backs a negotiated resolution to the conflict and followed up with a referendum, how can Israel not pursue a 6 month freeze? What makes this freeze so complicated? Some elderly people from up here go down south to Florida for 6 months while shutting down their homes for the winter. In the Middle East, we aren't talking about seasonal weather respite. We're talking about PEACE for both people, Israelis and Palestinians, as well as a comprehensive regional peace - so wouldn't some respite from conflict be worthwhile?
Police arrest 18-year-old Palestinian suspected in Old City stabbing (Haaretz)