Palestinian Actions Have Made Israel Averse to Territorial Compromise

(Israel from the Inside) Daniel Gordis - When it comes to the Palestinians, Israelis are fairly united. There's no deal with the Palestinians looming anywhere on the horizon, regardless of which parties form the coalition. The Palestinians have repeatedly rejected overtures from Israeli leaders like Ehud Olmert and Benjamin Netanyahu, and even Barack Obama could not get Mahmoud Abbas to the negotiating table. Israeli politics changed because even centrist and left-of-center Israelis have despaired of the Palestinians making a deal. The two-state solution is alive and well - in the imaginations of Americans. Closer to home, it's seen as an idea out of a Disney movie: a sweet and enchanting idea for an ending to the story, utterly unrelated to the world we actually inhabit. The writer is a fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem and author of 12 books.

2021-06-07 00:00:00

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