Israel's Foreign Ministry ordered to 'reassess' EU involvement with Palestinians after decision to label West Bank goods; 'decision is almost completely devoid of any real significance,' official says.23:15 29.11.15 | 25 comments
I also recall the 1970's well and don't believe that the Israel of today would react in the same way if there was the equivalent of a Sadat initiative. I have known Israel for 50 years and in 1977, the ideologues were still a relatively marginal group. In my opinion, things are very different now and what worked then would not achieve the same end-result now. Begin could be persuaded that Sinai was expendable in return for a peace treaty with Egypt. To the religious extremists and ultra-nationalists nothing is worth sacrificing their hold on the West Bank for - and the new government has ministers who have also declared that as a last resort they will enter some form of negotiations with the Palestinians - so long as they do not lead to anything. The right foundations being set for a Sadat-like occasion, I think not. Israel is so different to how it was in the 70s, at least in my opinion. Than - and with the coming of Oslo - Israelis really believed in trying to achieve peace. Now - for many, many reasons - I no longer find it to be the case. So are my posts simply knee-jerk reactions? I think I draw on knowledge and experience - but you are entitled to think otherwise.