Opinion

October 5, 2010

Commentary: Calling all bluffs in Middle East peace negotiations

An observer making a genuine effort to understand the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations might end up pulling out his hair in frustration. On the surface, nothing makes sense. Just a few weeks after starting, the talks look like they might collapse. The ultimate goal is an agreement on the creation of a Palestinian state, something Palestinians insist they desperately want. And yet, it is the Palestinian side that threatens to walk out. Israelis beg them to stay, as if negotiations were a big favor to Israel. It is Israel, after all, that would have to give up land, remove its citizens and risk its security to achieve peace. Israeli behavior, however, also has something of a schizophrenic appearance.

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