"they appear to have woken up many posters here who were pretending to be unaware that there were any moderates in Israel. Now you know the truth. There are." (Tzfonit) we always knew there were plenty of moderates in Israel (and I'm on record of attributing 25-30% to those who would mostly agree with signatories on this appeal, if it leads towards peace). The problem is - there are not enough of them, as many posters here prove. Isn't this the crux of the problem? Now, if you could find that missing 30% to bring along who are willing to do as little as engage Hamas in talks, there'd be chance for progress, since there'll now be a majority. I suspect though that this missing fraction will insist on so many pre-conditions (a la "quartet") that it'll be a non-starter. Just like the idea of releasing barghoutti floated by ben-eliezer. Makes 2 non-starters. So there you have it - a mere minority willing to take even a small PRACTICAL step towards peace, if slightest risk is involved.
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from the article: Leading Israeli authors, intellectuals call for truce with Hamas