Shlomo proposes that instead of hoping for a big deal, at best we can get little, incremental steps. Ok, so far so Lieberman, but not worth discounting for that reason alone. So what steps does Shlomo propose Israel take? Settlement freeze. Hmmmm. I would have thought the last few years would have shown Shlomo that a settlement freeze - or any substantive move towards easing the Palestinian's worries - is entirely impossible. The Israeli government will never agree to a settlement freeze, quite the opposite. That's where these types of proposals always fall down. I remember one in newsweek a few years ago, where the author said that a final agreement could not be soon made, but Israel could make steps such as creating a land-link between Gaza and the West bank, as would have to be done in any final agreement. As if that was something an Israeli Government would ever voluntarily do! The Oslo process is indeed dead. Any serious proposals now need to be serious - they need to start from the truth, which is that the Israeli government will not take any steps to ease the suffering of the Palestinians, and indeed will not take any steps to stop or slow the increasing of that suffering. So now what?
IDF soldiers find improvised weapons and ammunition at Jenin refugee camp (Haaretz)
from the article: Striving for an illusion-free Middle East peace