Steve Clemons


I am not going to argue that a majority of Israelis don't want peace.  Of course, they do, and this is something that we should applaud -- but that has been true for a very long time -- and the fact is that majority perspectives don't seem to matter when it comes to Israel-Palestine deal-making.

What matters are the minorities, particularly the violent ones -- Hamas in Palestine, and the settlers who keep pushing out the frontiers of what they consider to be Greater Israel in the Occupied territories.

Both of these minority groups are rejecting the two state peace track -- and any successful outcome will depend upon resilience, upon strong support of those who want peace against the minorities willing to do do anything to capsize a track -- even the initiation of the process -- towards a fair, final deal.