Oslo changed everything. And, in fact, the talks the U.S. is currently mediating today, which offer hope of resolving the elements that the Oslo Accords left open, are the direct legacy of the process Rabin started.
The right-wing Jewish extremists who boo everyone who wants to make compromises for peace, are every bit as dangerous as Jewish extremists on the hard left who also demand a one state solution -- a binational state that will cease being the homeland of the Jewish people.
Perceptions are often misinformed as well. It is hard for me, and I imagine for others as well, to converse with people about this issue without getting caught up in its sheer amount of nuances and minutia.
Although saying yes at the UN -- or even turning a blind eye -- is not a viable option, we need to give Abbas a feasible exit ramp. And it needs to be compelling enough to remind the Palestinian street that his path, the path of non-violence, pays greater dividends than Hamas's.
Renewed regional and international attention requires Palestinians to step up and present a more unified position regarding the formulas that are needed to help provide a political answer to the violence.