Little short of ludicrous
The situation in Palestine destroys any hopes built on the basis of the roadmap. The ceasefire, which Egypt played a vital role in mediating, has inevitably given way to doubts and suspicions over the possibility of reaching any adequate resolution of the conflict. The principal obstacle the roadmap faced was the growing lack of confidence in its ever being implemented. It is now evident that those parties that initially entertained such suspicions were on the right track. The optimists were wrong.
The escalation in Israeli violence is in turn driving the Palestinians to violence. Increasingly I fail to see how such violent parties can make peace. My conviction grows that the present Israeli government has to change before meaningful negotiations can even begin.
Having reached such a conclusion it seems little short of ludicrous that the Americans should have joined forces with the Israelis to pressure Palestinians to adopt a new and capable leadership of their own. Any Palestinian leader will face the same old Israeli prime minister. How , one wonders, is that ever going to improve the situation?
Based on an interview by Mohamed Salmawy.