In 1948 U.S. President Truman worked with the Ben Gurion gov't up until the declaration of Israel's independence and strongly supported the announcement, as did eventually the U.N. I don't think that you can compare the current situation with the settlers in the West Bank today who would be caught in the turmoil of events, as would Palestinians, with a region which had much fewer people and much less development. These are emotions taking over rather than reason. Why not do things methodically and negotiate what the understandings were between President Abbas and PM Olmert in 2008 on the core areas? This makes greater sense and the present Netanyahu government doesn't really have much wiggle room to dismiss obligations of Road Map peace process or something of similar undertaking. Always the rebel this Sarid!
17-year-old Palestinian killed by IDF on Friday laid to rest near Ramallah (Haaretz)
from the article: Abbas must unilaterally declare Palestinian state