Herzl, Jabotinsky and Ben-Gurion may also have been forced to adjust their ideals to reality if they were faced with the same pressures as Olmert. Unfortunately the days are past when Israel could do as it pleased with only minor rumblings in the far distance. There is great pressure from the International community on Israel to reach some form of agreement with the pals. Israelis are much less idealistic and patriotic than in the good old days of Herzl and co. Maybe in years to come the Israelis have grown so tired of the Zionest Idea that they just throw everything overboard. You never know how things will change. Let Olmert go to the table while he still has a full deck of cards to play. Don't wait until there is nothing left to fight for or until there is no will to fight anymore. Israel is going to have to compromise somewhere. The pressure is not goig to be lifted. Israel should have the courage to face the facts and negotiate now from a position of power. Don't wait.
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