Well, the negotiations are over. And as far as the Americans are concerned, both sides are to blame, but emphasis has been placed on Israel.
Kerry put it very succinctly:
“The prisoners were not released by Israel on the day they were supposed to be released and then another day passed and another day, and then 700 units were approved in Jerusalem and then poof — that was sort of the moment,” Kerry said.
We have to remember that building in the settlements, as much as I disagree with them was NOT part of the deal. But what was part of the deal was the release of the prisoners.
Now you may agree or disagree with the release of convicted terrorists who have killed innocent people, but, a deal is a deal. Netanyahu reneged on his deal. Netanyahu may think that he didn’t because he believes that the deal did not include release of Arab Israelis, but it was never agreed that it would not include them.
So as far as the world is concerned his government broke the deal.
What makes the situation more absurd is that instead of releasing terrorists, Netanyahu could have halted settlement expansion. But no, to him and his allies, between the two options, releasing people who have killed innocent Israelis is preferable to the option of ceasing settlement expansion.
The Palestinians would never beat Israel in the military arena. Where they could beat Israel is in the diplomatic arena. And now that Israel has been given the lion share of the blame for the failure of the talks, they have the upper hand, and they will use it to their advantage. The world is sick and tired of our behaviour and our side of the story. Israel is seen as the country that does not want peace. The Palestinians don’t even have to convince anyone of that. Netanyahu and his allies do a much better job.
And with this advantage in the diplomatic arena, the Palestinians can and will have their own state. Their chances have never looked better. Palestine is on its way.