The leader of the 'opposition' is simply shadowing Netanyahu in describing his separation plan. Both take the Palestinians for granted as a silent third party, as if peace could be built without their consent.
The South African example of a negotiated settlement of equals is a possibility that is still - just - within our grasp - but first, Prime Minister Netanyahu must accept that the occupation has no future.
Just as the European community formulated a strong pro-peace Middle East policy in 1980 in the wake of dramatic political shifts in the Middle East, so should the EU now take bold action supporting a dynamic peace process leading to the creation of the State of Palestine alongside Israel.
On the horizon looms a possible new paradigm in Israel-Palestine relations, one that might lead to a break in the political deadlock, and a reset for peace negotiations.
A move in the General Assembly is crucial to ending the stalemate of the last four years, one that was exploited by the Netanyahu government.
Namibia’s independence from South Africa can teach us about the feasibility of Palestine gaining independence from Israel on similar grounds.