The settlements were built and encouraged by the Politicians to give them something to wail over the destruction of. That is the painful concession, the bulldozing of other people's homes. No politician's home will be touched or at risk. Abbas should focus on getting borders and sovereignty. Netanyahu has said what he wants. Will he ever tell Israelis the costs of what he wants? An agreement like some here have proposed is perfect if you want renewed conflict and deaths on both sides. If you want actual peace, both sides have to be partly satisfied and willing to make do with the rest. Successful negotiations are not a football game. Winning should not be the goal. Mutual satisfaction should, instead.. The settlements kept can be traded for the water needed in other places. And if the settlers don't like the Phoenix landscaping, they can move out of the desert.
Two Turkish soldiers, five Kurdish militants killed in attack (Reuters)