If a person was prone to believing that Israel seriously wants peace, it is hard to imagine why they would believe that of the current peace talk farce. First of all, any peace that may take place will require a massive Israeli withdrawal from the west bank. This will cause major domestic strife within Israel, the government would likely fall, and the Israeli leader would have right wing Israelis after him in a bad way. In exchange for this, Hamas, who is not part of this agreement will likely increase the number of attacks on Israel until Israel was forced to make a serious response. This peace would last less than a week, there would be bodies everywhere, and both sides would swear off peace for at least a decade. This is an obvious minimum result of the current talks, if and only if they bear fruit. This will never happen, because Israel knows what the response will be and they really want to avoid it and continue settlement expansion instead. The problem is America and the EU. In order to get them of Israels back Israel must appear to make a serious peace attempt which will be scuttled by the Palestinians. Result? best of both worlds. Israel gets full credit for making peace, collects concessions from America and the EU, and continues settlement expansion. What a deal!! Anyway, to see Yossi Beilin treat this in a serious manner makes me believe that he needed an article treating it in a serious manner so he provided that article. he can't really believe it though.
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks dies at 82 (Haaretz)
from the article: A two-pronged approach to peace