January 14, 2013
Shlomo Avineri Calls for End to Palestinian Incitement
Writing in Ha'aretz, Israeli professor Shlomo Avineri argue that negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are unlikely to bridge the gaps between the sides, and calls for reduced expectations, interim agreements, trust-building exercises, unilateral steps and other mechanisms.
There is a long list of steps Israel could take following this model. It could halt construction projects in the territories, ease up on the living conditions of Palestinians, and put a stop to the measures intended to punish the Palestinians for earning UN recognition. On the Palestinian side, such a list would include accepting the idea of two states for two peoples. This would mean a fundamental change in the Palestinian education system and in its propaganda, both of which evince a deep hatred toward Israel.
What Avineri perhaps forgets is that such an offer was on the table not long ago. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed to extend Israel's moratorium on settlement building if the Palestinians accepted the idea of two states for two people. The Palestinian leadership quickly said no.
Posted by GI at January 14, 2013 12:48 PM
Never mind a two-state solution - Netanyahu offered all that just to sit down and talk, and that met with contemptuous (and contemptible) rejection.
Posted by: Sid at January 17, 2013 11:30 PM
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