It?s ludicrous and counterproductive to demand that the other party stop something that you don?t like before you even have talks to negotiate with the other party to stop what you don?t like. Think about it. The Israeli?s want the Palestinian?s to end the violence but they will not sit down to negotiate until the violence ceases. Anyone who wanted to maintain credibility with his own people would never agree to that precondition. Even the British negotiated with the IRA while the fighting was going on. Why? Because people wanted the violense to end. This attitude on Israel's part shows me that the lack of a partner exists on the Israeli side. Now once the negotiations have begun, torpedoing the negotiation is quite easy if you follow the Ehud Barak formula. It goes like this. While you shake the Palestinian leaders hand you either order the continued expansion of the settlements or you order the assassination of a Palestinian official. It's worked quite well so far.
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