Rather than engage in negotiations which will reinforce the need for compromise, the Palestinian Authority has embarked on a strategy that, places its "passions" over its "interests." They key here is how the PA plays the image of powerlessness to its advantage.
Americans on the go are increasingly upset about the intrusiveness of airport sercurity. Perhaps lessons can be learned by examining the health effects on Palestinians who have for years submitted to similar security checks.
The military and economic prowess currently enjoyed by Israel has led to a false sense of invincibility and a belief that the status quo between Israelis and Palestinians is sustainable -- yet it is not.
Settlement has long been, and remains, the fuel for the fire of de-legitimization of Israel, the basis of charges of apartheid and ethnic cleansing. It undermines the foundation of the idea of a Jewish state.
The Arab Peace Initiative's approach to Palestinian refugees has been the key source of the current deadlock which has caused the Initiative to languish until today. Those Israelis who are skeptical of the text should take a closer look.
Now more than ever, the Arab Peace Initiative (API) offers the best possible chance of achieving an inclusive peace, provided that all parties to the conflict understand its significance and historic implications.