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Trapped in a long game with Hamas

Too many Israelis don’t want a settlement with the Palestinians.

Ten years ago, when prime minister Ehud Barak negotiated face to face with Yasser Arafat and Bill Clinton, the media hailed an agreement as nearly done, and then tore into Arafat for scuppering it. But the fact is that Barak could not have won his parliament’s support for his concessions, and raised the bar so high on Arafat that he must have known he would not make…

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