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One last chance for the two-state solution?

The real test of any new peace talks

By Henry Siegman   February 2013

Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks to the president; “he believes he exercises greater control over the US Congress than Obama”

One of Israel’s most respected political scientists recently dismissed the idea “that simply engaging in negotiations will automatically foster a peace agreement” between Israel and the Palestinians. Writing in Haaretz, Shlomo Avineri, a former director-general of Israel’s foreign ministry, called it “a fantasy proven baseless by the experience of the past 20 years.”

In this he is unquestionably correct. He is off base, however, when he maintains that previous peace initiatives…

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