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Nothing ‘Reasonable’ about Mideast Divide

Since a majority of Palestinians cannot envision mutual recognition even after all issues are resolved and they get a state, they see it as merely a pause before the conflict would begin anew.
Tzipi Livniand Sec. of State John Kerry.

Tzipi Livniand Sec. of State John Kerry.
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While a “reasonable compromise” can be forged in theory between two nations determined to live in peace with each other once a border is devised, it is not possible in the absence of such recognition.

Given the constant incitement and fomenting of hate against Israel and Jews in the official PA media (let alone that run by Hamas), it’s difficult to see how Abbas could ever agree to anything that would require a true end to the conflict rather than a mere truce. Until a sea change occurs in Palestinian culture that would change that, this won’t happen.

Jonathan S. Tobin

About the Author: Jonathan S. Tobin is senior online editor of Commentary magazine and chief political blogger at www.commentarymagazine.com. He can be reached via e-mail at jtobin@commentarymagazine.com.


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