For once I agree with you, Indrajaya. But Barak has an additional motive to recruiting a new constituency. He wants to be the one who brings about a "peace" treaty, by whichever means he can. So he is not going to kill the "peace process" all together, but only put it on hold, long enough for him to wrestle the reins out of Olmert's hands. Netanyahu can never win the elections. But if by any miracle he did, he would have to please his right end of the right wing and drop any pretense for peace making. By then there will be another adminisration in US that will certainly not want to reenter the mess in the Middle East as their early priority. The issue will be solved by demography, if Arabs play it cool. Israel will have to reenter the West Bank and annex much of it. As a result of world pressure, the Palestinians will have to get a vote, and Israel will become a binational state. The only way the Arabs can sabotage this development is by terrorism, even if they call it armed struggle.
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