Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has demonstrated through his actions – or more specifically his inactions – that he rejects the notion of land for peace. This has been clearly illustrated through his reluctant acceptance of a two-state solution, rife with caveats, and his refusal to halt settlement construction in the West Bank.
Thus, it has become increasingly clear that the framework of the peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan, based on “land for peace,” no longer holds true. This represents a fundamental change in Israel’s peace posturing in relation to the Syrians and especially the Palestinians. As such, today the prospects for bilateral negotiations are not only remote, but create an extremely dangerous situation.
The writer, Alon Ben-Meir, is professor of international relations at the Center for Global Affairs at NYU. He teaches international negotiation and Middle Eastern studies.
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