Miss out on what? Why not just face it - instead of accusing the Palestinians of holding out - there really is NO indication of any honest intentions forthcoming from Netanyahu, other than his empty rhetoric. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • WeCan2
    • 30.07.10 | 09:16 (IDT)

    A commitment to peace negotiations and a viable Palestinian state? Sweet talk that pleases the international community, and the Obama administration, and buys him time. Meanwhile almost everything he and his coalition are doing indicates a concerted effort to undermine the prospects of his rhetoric with facts on the ground and provocation - continued building of settlement infrastructure, rights violations, crackdowns on peaceful demonstrations, harassment of activists, continuing illicit land acquistion, forceful expulsion from the WB of Palestinians without an "Israeli" issued ID, preventing those living/studying/working abroad from returning...and the list goes on. Yes indeed, the Palestinians hear his words...but they can also SEE - first hand - what's transpiring. One thing to attempt to fool the international community - quite another to fool those who 'experience' the realities of behind the facade. And a 10 month(partial), building freeze in the settlements(conveniently timed to expire just before the November elections in the U.S.), the announcement of which included the declaration of their full resumption once it expires? Sounds more like a temporary appeasement meant to buy time, if you ask me. It's nothing but a 'come on' to enter negotiations that Netanyahu has NO intention of allowing to bear fruition for the Palestinians. Do you really expect the them NOT to see through something as transparent as this? So why not a complete and indefinite freeze with their resumption pending(and dependent upon), the outcome of negotiations?(the answer is obvious). They're holding out for more? More of WHAT? The same old Israeli crap they've been fed for decades? No doubt they've grown tired of its taste. They've gotten NOTHING from Bibi except a hastily devised facade of words with absolutely nothing to suggest they're of any substance. If Bibi WAS committed like he 'claims', so much of what is going on wouldn't be, and so much of what ISN'T would be - and the bottom line is that if his commitment was 'real', there'd be no problem with picking up negotiations from where they left off with Olmert.

    from the article: Will they miss again?
    First published 03:02 30.07.10 | Last updated 03:02 30.07.10
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