You'll have to excuse me for pointing out the obvious - but your "pragmatic path" sounds a helluva lot like "status quo" - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • WeCan2
    • 04.11.10 | 05:05 (IST)

    And we both know what the status quo is going to net for the Palestinians; don't we? And we both know that no matter what path is followed toward the achievement of a Palestinian state, there's going to be plenty of bumps, ruts, and rocks that are strewn along its entire length. There's not going to be a smooth arrival - no matter WHAT path is taken. Better to arrive taking the most direct path to Palestinian statehood - especially when your "pragmatic" path has repeatedly been used by Israel to forestall it while it expands facts on the ground - and THEN, once it's achieved, return to smooth the path and remove the ruts and rocks...because trying to smooth it as it's traveled will prolong the arrival indefinitely when two or more are added for every one that's removed. The quicker the path to Palestinian statehood, the less frustration and animosity over Israeli footdragging, the less animosity over settlement evacuations - although at this point not much - and the sooner focus can begin on working towards cooperation and normal relations, and repairing the decades worth of mistrust and animosity bred by the conflict.

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    First published 02:45 04.11.10 | Last updated 02:45 04.11.10
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