Israeli and Palestinian societies, along with the rest of the
world, are witnessing the collapse of the Road Map peace process.
It has become evident that this window of opportunity is closing,
without having generated the powerful momentum that could move both
societies towards the road to peace. A return to the vicious cycle
of violence, which will bring only suffering to both nations, looks
likely. As usual, each side will blame the other for the failure.
That is just the propaganda war, which will not resolve the major
problems of the region and which will only fuel the conflict.
Strategically, it is in Israel's interest to resolve the conflict
peacefully, in a way that will satisfy the Palestinians' basic
needs. A solution must be found, not only because of the
demographic threat that may turn Jews into a minority in their own
country, but also for moral, social and economic reasons. Israel
will not flourish economically, will not be able to solve its
problems of poverty, wel
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