9) In early 2009, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu declared that he was willing to recognize the existence of a Palestinian state, and, under American pressure, declared a 10-month moratorium on construction in the West Bank. But the Palestinians refused to negotiate directly, fiddled around, wasting 9 months, hoping they could get more concessions. They couldn't. 10) Under US pressure, Abbas caved in and, with Arab League approval, sat down to negotiations with Netanyahu. But the 10-month freeze has ended, and settlement activity will resume. During all these years, each time the Palestinian Arabs were given an opportunity to live peacefully with the Jews and, later, the Jewish State, they refused, and by the time the next opportunity came around, the Palestinian Arab position had weakened. What will happen now? Will the Palestinians cease negotiations, giving the Jewish settlers another opportunity to strengthen their numbers and increase territory under their control? If this happens, the Palestinian dream will be like a baked clay pot that has been smashed into sherds, the broken pieces being the scattered territories left under Palestinian control, interspersed among the large blocs of Jewish settlements. Is this what I want? Hell, no.
Israeli teen lightly wounded from stone throwing in West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba (Haaretz)
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