1. Not enough voices for peace among the Palestinians. I think the common Palestinian wants peace with dignity and birthrights. However, it is unpopular, even suicidal, to criticize your leadership in favor of any voluntary concession to your oppressor. 2. All-or-nothing final negotiations. The idea of pushing every issue off to final negotiations, and requiring them to solve everything, creates too big a barrier. It prevents slow progress. It prevents any progress. It prevents reasonable tabling of lesser issues like land swaps which might seem more reasonable and mutually beneficial after the big treaty has been signed. It makes all these Israeli "facts on the ground" like the barrier wall/fence/whateveryacallit look more immovable. 3. Timing and Hamas. Israel benefits from procrastination, dunam by dunam. Israel benefits from division within Palestine. Realistically, Abbas cannot speak for Gaza, despite Jimmy Carter's work to convince Hamas to accept a referendum. The only reason West Bank Palestinians are patient is they are not dying or being bulldozed out of their homes as quickly as they were during Defensive Shield.
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