Why I'm Not Blogging About the Peace Process

By Jeffrey Goldberg

I'm not blogging about the Middle East peace process because I don't think it will work. Via Laura Rozen, the former Israeli diplomat Alon Pinkas summed up my feelings exactly:

"Seventeen years' worth of direct negotiations reduced trust and political courage to almost zero," Pinkas said. 'Netanyahu cannot offer the 'Clinton parameters' of a decade ago, and Abbas cannot accept less. It's that simple. Tragic, but simple.'"

In other words, the maximum the Israelis can afford to offer is less than the minimum the Palestinians can accept. Maybe things will change if Hamas rule of Gaza, and settler rule of the West Bank, come to an end. But I'm not seeing that right now.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2010/09/why-im-not-blogging-about-the-peace-process/62998/