Peace in our time

In today’s (Friday’s) Jerusalem Post, there’s a simple, direct, clear and unvarnished explanation why Israel is not to blame for the breakdown in negotiations. It’s here and it’s worth reading. But, if you cannot be bothered, at least take the editorial’s conclusion as being a summary of the position:

As we approach Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, it is only natural to engage in self-reflection and self-criticism. An integral part of Jewish culture is the acceptance of personal responsibility for one’s actions and the need to repent for failures so that they are not repeated. However, in the case of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, there is little, if any, room for self-recriminations. If peace depended solely on Israel, it would have been attained long ago.

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