About that offer Netanyahu can't quite refuse

The endlessly elusive peace talks between Palestinian President Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu are in limbo. The apparent need of Netanyahu to negotiate a further freeze with his cabinet is no doubt masking his efforts to ring out even more concessions from the Obama Administration via Dennis Ross.But here is a smart analysis of where that may be going along with a bracing critique of the Palestinians and some analysis of what to do when the two-state solution passes into the dust bin of history. If this happens, new ideas and strategies will emerge, as this site suggests: http://mitchellplitnick.com/2010/10/08/giving-up-on-obama/#more-471My intermittent posts here on Israel and the ensuing comments show how important it is that all of us keeping reading and thinking about a real peace settlement instead of clinging to unstinting support of what Israeli politicians, and their U.S. allies, decide is in the best interest of the United States. Time for the tail to stop wagging the dog!

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.

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