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As peace talks falter, here’s an analysis of the blame game

by shmuel rosner, l.a. jewish journal

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Four schools of thought have emerged following the near-collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, each assigning different blame for the meager achievements of the past nine months of talks.

Let’s look at the main schools of thought.

Blame the Palestinians

Why blame them? Had they really wanted the negotiations to continue, they could have easily made it happen. A little more patience, a little more faith in Secretary of State John Kerry’s effort, and the prisoners would have been released, a partial freeze would have been imposed, and the talks would have continued. The fact that they chose to go to the United Nations and make new demands is proof that they had no intention of continuing the bilateral talks.

Who blames them? Israel. This includes both right-wing coalition partners like Habayit Hayehudi and centrist partners like Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Finance Minister Yair Lapid. The Israeli opposition on the left is trying to have it both ways: Blame the Palestinians, because that’s what most Israelis think, but also blame the Netanyahu government, because that’s what an opposition is supposed to do.

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