Other than some blather about their desire for peace, what have we heard from this government? Well, the messages have ben pessimistic from all sides and for different reasons. And they have been contradictory as we saw only yesterday in statements from Peres and the FM. Israel is laying out two condistions that will mean no solution can be reached. Of course security is a major concern and the palestinians are fully aware of that. Netanyahu, however, means something else when he speaks of "security". He does not mean negoatiated and agreed upon safeguards. He means dictates that are to be imposed and accepted by all parties. As for recognition of Israel as a "Jewish" state, you can see that this qualifier came into the game at a very late stage. It has not been a part of the zionist demands for mutual recognition. It is a carefully calculated impediment because these right wing fanatics know that it is not something the palestinians can agre to nor should they. Israel is to be recognised as a sovereign state for its citizens. Period. This is tha language of diplomacy, not religious claptrap. Then there are the settllements and the 09-26 deadline. You can observe that the stipulations held up by the palestinians are all in agreement with previous agreements and international law. Israel has no support in the inernational community for their positions and yet...? Hoew will the international community react to this intransigence? By continuing to give this government in violation yet more carte blanche?
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from the article: Netanyahu tells Israeli public: No guarantee peace talks will succeed