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Playing nice: Prime Minister Netanyahu shaking hands with PA President Abbas, under the supervision of Secretary of State Clinton in Washington, DC, September 2010.

An Israeli source told Ha’aretz that Netanyahu’s envoy, attorney Isaac Molho, is planning to meet with Abbas in Ramallah next week, with the much anticipated response letter. So far, though, it doesn’t appear that the PM will be signaling anything beyond how committed his country is to resuming negotiations without preconditions.

But the writing may be on the wall, and the real losers may be Jewish settlers east of the security fence. A two-state solution would mean their uprooting, God forbid.

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One reprieve may come from a most unexpected source: Kadima Council Chairman, MK Haim Ramon, who this week informed Shaul Mofaz he was quitting the party and starting his own Knesset faction. It is expected that several, perhaps as many as six Kadima MKs will defect to join Ramon in the opposition. This could trim Netanyahu’s coalition somewhat.

Another reprieve would come from Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who might decide that his best chances to hold on to his own voters would also be in quitting Netanyahu’s government.

Hillary can count, but some math can only be done in Hebrew…

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