For many years, Israel offered the Arabs peace at one level ir another, usually with some compromises over land. The Arabs, famously, rejected them all. When Sadat offered peace in echange for Sinai, Israel was wise enough to enter negotiations. There is also a tentative peace with Jordan. But generally, when one side offers an olive branch the other brandishes a gun. This game of one step forward, two steps back is not unique to the Arab/Israeli conflict but has come to define it. Everyone is keen to be seen to want peace. But it is always on their own terms. Also, no matter what one side offers, it is never enough to meet the other side's demands, even if it was precisely the same deal offered the other way last time around. Peace is achievable, but I fear that there are currently no politicians on either side brave enough to grasp it.
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from the article: Arab peace initiative is another missed opportunity for Israel