Michael, I didn't stop with reading only books reflecting one side of story. Virtually all parties at those talks were partially responsible for their breakdown. Arafat, yes, but Clinton whose term was running out and the Israelis who wouldn't deal with some of the crucial issues, e.g., right of return. It's true that the talks were dissipating by the time Sharon took his walk to the Temple Mount and -- sorry -- it was INTENTIONALLY provocative. It pretty much guaranteed the post talks would go off in a bad direction. Finally, while Israelis are seeking the partner of their choice, they are getting increasingly radical ones as candidates. But one thing nice about radical ones (especially when democratically electe) if you do make a deal you're assured all factions then support it. You deal with the opponent you've got, not the one you like and Israel should have tried this.
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