As a rule, successful negotiations require a common aim; in management-labor talks, for example, both sides want to get back to work. When a shared premise is lacking, not only do negotiations usually fail, but they usually do more harm than good. Such is the case in the forthcoming Annapolis, Maryland, talks. One side (Israel) seeks peaceful coexistence while the other (the Arabs) seeks to eliminate its negotiating partner, as evidenced by its violent actions, its voting patterns, replies to polls, political rhetoric, media messages, school textbooks, mosque sermons, wall graffiti, and much else. One should therefore not place too much stock in PM Olmert's willingness or unwillingness to reach a agreement or in the political constraints he faces at home. It is the underlying premise that the Palestinians are truly willing to live at peace with the Jewish State of Israel that is in doubt.
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from the article: Policy in no-man's-land