There might well be a

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY KARENG LASER

AS I strode past the US em­bassy on the Women’s March on Lon­don the day af­ter Don­ald Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion, a thought crys­talised — that there might be a sil­ver lin­ing to the cloud of gloom that had de­scended on the demon­stra­tors.

Counter-in­tu­itively, it just might breathe new life into the mori­bund search for a two-state so­lu­tion.

As long as Pales­tini­ans be­lieve they can se­cure a state through in­ter­na­tional pres­sure on Is­rael rather than by di­rect ne­go­ti­a­tion, they will not come to the table.

Harsh? Well, to date they have re­jected all of­fers made, most no­tably the 2000 Camp David pro­pos­als which would have given them more than 80 per cent of what they ap­peared to want.

At the time, then US pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton quite rightly put the blame for the fail­ure of the talks squarely on Yasser Arafat’s shoul­ders. And leftwing Is­raeli PM Ehud Barak de­scribed Arafat’s be­hav­iour as a “per­for­mance geared to ex­act as many Is­raeli con­ces­sions as pos­si­ble with­out ever se­ri­ously in­tend­ing to reach a peace set­tle­ment or sign an end to the con­flict”.

Put an­other way, it was dif­fi­cult to ig­nore the cold and in­con­ve­nient truth that the Pales­tini­ans did not want Is­rael on the map.

Seven­teen years on, I have lit­tle doubt that the Pales­tinian de­sire for

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