The Sharm el-Sheikh summit has raised the hope that a new window of
opportunity in Israeli-Palestinian relations has been opened. After
four and a half years of mutual violence, which has caused great
suffering to both peoples, we now have a chance to return to the
The renewal of talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials
creates the possibility that the Gaza disengagement plan will be a
coordinated step, rather than a unilateral one. If this is
successfully carried out, within the framework of the Quartet Road
Map, it can lay the foundations for progress toward a final-status
agreement that will be based on the 1967 borders, with the
possibility of a mutually agreed upon land swap, a division of
Jerusalem and a satisfactory solution to the refugee problem.
The public opinion polls that are discussed in this issue indicate
that there is a clear majority of both Israelis and Palestinians
who are tired of the violence, support a two-state solution and
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