Barry Rubin, the Executive Director of the GLORIA Center, writes that it’s time for us to face the uncomfortable truth about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: a two state solution is not possible until BOTH sides are both interested and willing to make meaningful concessions to the other. And one side (hint: it’s not Israel) shows no signs of getting there anytime soon:
For the Palestinian side, the pretense of peacemaking—which every Palestinian leader knows—obtains money, diplomatic support, popular sympathy, and pressure on Israel. Here’s the dirty trick involved. If anyone in Israel raises issues about whether a “peace process” can really bring peace, concerns about how it would be implemented, and documented experience about Palestinian behavior in the past, the response is that Israel doesn’t want peace. The actual arguments and evidence about these problems is censored out of the Western mass media and distorted in terms of political stances.