Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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Peace Index: 3/4 of Israeli Jews Pessimistic on Peace (Tel Aviv University-Israel Democracy Institute)
According to the June 2011 Peace Index survey of Israeli public opinion, 73% of Jews do not believe that negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will lead to peace in the coming years.
When asked if they favored having Israel evacuate all the territories in return for a permanent peace treaty with the Palestinians, 70% of Israeli Jews were opposed, while 26% supported this.
When asked if they favored having Israel evacuate the territories except for the large settlement blocs in return for a permanent peace treaty with the Palestinians, 61% of Israeli Jews were opposed, while 32% supported this.


It's Time to Park the Peace Process - Gideon Rachman (Financial Times-UK)

* A meeting of the Quartet on Monday saw yet another effort to drag the unwilling parties back to the negotiating table. Yet with the Middle East in turmoil, starting a new round of Israeli-Palestinian talks is completely pointless.
* Some European diplomats cling to the idea that the Palestinian issue remains at the heart of the instability in the Middle East. But that is a theological position that can only be upheld by resolutely ignoring actual events. If there is one thing that the uprisings across the Middle East have in common, it is that they have very little to do with the Palestinians.
* The main bearing that the Arab spring has had on the Palestinian issue is to change the calculations of both sides to the conflict, in ways that make them even less likely to risk negotiating a peace settlement.
* It is simply too risky for the leadership of Fatah, the Palestinian faction in control of the West Bank, to enter into tortuous negotiations with the Israelis that will inevitably lead to accusations that they are selling out their own people.
* Israel's regional policy was built around a peace treaty with Egypt, cordial relations with Turkey, a cold peace with Syria and a shared interest with Saudi Arabia in the containment of Iran. The upheavals across the Middle East raise questions about the durability of all of these arrangements.

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