Johnboy, it all depends on what 'from scratch' means - 1 - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • ivo
    • 09.02.10 | 16:45 (IST)

    (thanks for commenting) i agree that israel has been insisting on "spreading the chess pieces all over the board", more /less since the start of oslo till the present. something the whole a-symmetry of occupation allows them to do. one can discuss the different reasons for that & whether it's justified, & of course, ideally the whole situation should be frozen, letting the two parties do the talks while no more decisions are changing the facts on the ground. that's one 'scratch'. this is not likely to happen, but it still might. in any case, it's something you & i have little influence over. the other bigger 'scratch' linked to the 'no precondition idea' that you're talking about, seems to me to be some pipe dream you & a few others are holding, basing it on a certain legal view of how things should be. when i say "no going back to status quo ante", i mean the opposite of that. there's no starting position but the one historically offered at any given time. - cont. (important)

    from the article: Abbas give in to U.S. pressure for indirect Mideast talks
    First published 02:20 08.02.10 | Last updated 14:43 08.02.10
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