Shlomo Avineri provides us with a very insightful and reasonable assessment of the current dead-locked political situation. There is only one aspect of it one must question: "The Israeli government acted rightly in welcoming the Quartet's call, and its rejection by the Palestinians shows them to be the recalcitrant party. " Professor Avineri knows Netanyahu well enough to realize that a purported acceptance by Netanyahu of the Quartet's plan carries no actual weight whatsoever. Netanyahu already voiced reservations about several points of the plan and would never accede to all of its provisions when it came down to the wire. In addition this supposed "acceptance" of the Quartet's plan was a cunning and deliberate political maneuver orchestrated by Netanyahu in order to portray Abbas as the recalcitrant one - in case he wasn't as "enlightened" and as "cooperative" as Netanyahu projected himself to be - if he refused to accept the Quartet's plan.
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from the article: No realistic chance of permanent Middle East peace