The New York Times on October 22 discussed the death of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the role of both sides in its demise.
The prospects for peace "began to unravel in 1995 with the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by a right-wing Israeli fanatic, just two years after Mr. Rabin and the Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat shook hands over peace on the White House lawn. After his death, the rapid, government-backed growth of the settler movement in the occupied West Bank, the division and corruption of the Palestinian leadership, and the spread of absolutist religious fanaticism on both sides all contributed to undoing the handshake."
Netanyahu did his part:
The Times expert, however, sees signs that the escalation of armed conflict and the likelihood of worse to come has caused some Israelis to fan the flames of a dying ember.
"The bridge builders between Israelis and Palestinians sense opportunity in the aftermath of the Hamas attack," which has shattered Prime Minister Netanyahu’s handling of the conflict. "That state of drift, in which peace had become a forgotten or even risible word, now feels untenable." FULL STORY