This Israeli fantasy of making peace with the Arabs without first making peace with the Palestinians has been around for decades. It is, in effect, a desire to turn the Arab Peace Initiative on its head. As is often the case, Netanyahu's clever, but disingenuous, ploys can't stand up in the face of reality.
Has a once venerated idealistic enterprise itself become the victim of extremism? Are Israel's enemies using it as a pawn in yet another messianic struggle that goes far beyond the questions of a two state solution or whether the country's borders should be returned to where they were before the Six Day War?
With an indefinite ceasefire now agreed upon, there is an urgent need for a new strategy that will be aimed at ending the Hamas stranglehold on Gaza, substantially increase the role of the Palestinian Authority there, and enhance the prospects for progress in Israeli-Palestinian relations. Here are eleven ways to develop that strategy.