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January 27, 2013

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Yisrael Medad

Okay, I won't call it yerida however, I do think that already a short stay (so far) in Washingtion has affected your perception. One example is you write:

"Indeed, if Israelis seem disillusioned by the Oslo Accords and the prospects for peace-through-negotiations, they’re also disillusioned by the settlement movement and the prospects for peace-through-strength. There has been, quite decisively, a shift away from the extremes toward the center."

Israelis do not "seem to be" but are, as regards Oslo, disillusioned. On the other hand, they are not disillusioned with the Jewish communities (already "settlements"?). All credible polls, if read in depth indicate an enthusiastic desire for peace and even a willingness to yiedl/surrender. On the other hand, they also indicate that they have no real idea what to give up (and they do not want to yield Jerusalem and the blocs of Yesha communities - all which is incompatible with Abbas and for sure, Hamas) and also, more importantly, state that they don't believe any such peave so negotiated will hold.

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