Michael Totten remains my favorite writer on all matters relating to the Middle East. In this sober, and sobering, post about the Arab-Israeli conflict, he shoots down all the idealists and explains why the situation is intractable. Key quote:

A clear majority of Israelis would instantly hand over the West Bank and its settlements along with Gaza for a real shot at peace with the Arabs, but that’s not an option…“We will never recognize Israel,” senior Hamas leader Nizar Rayyan said before he was killed by an air strike in Gaza during the recent fighting. “There is nothing called Israel, neither in reality nor in the imagination.” Hamas does not speak for all Palestinians…but let’s not kid ourselves here. Hamas speaks for a genuinely enormous number of Palestinians, and peace is impossible as long as that’s true.

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