Unfortunately, all this progress has been marred by
The latter does have a desire for reaching an agreement with
Despite this, the mistake of
The Palestinians suffer from a bad leadership which in many respects is influenced by fantasies rather than reality. Israeli leadership is right wing and has racist elements which form part of the Likud led coalition. This is hardly a prescription for encouraging peace negotiations despite the impotent leadership in the West Bank and the intransigent hate-filled Hamas regime in
Israel must cease its illegal settlement activity in the occupied territories and start drawing up plans for a phased withdrawal in an orderly fashion and the Palestinians must come to terms with the reality of Israel's existence and negotiate with it so that there will be peace and the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
On the Israeli side there has been a change in priorities. Much of
The continuing occupation, the erection of illegal buildings in
The pioneering spirit that was so much part of