The Israel-Palestine Conflict

3449 WordsFeb 1, 201814 Pages
2) Hamas won legislative elections but lost the presidential election and it is the president who conducts negotiations. The reason was the electorate's disgruntlement with Fatah's corruption. Perhaps that is also a component of its failure to make peace? ME> Public opinion polls among Palestinians consistently show high levels of support for the two-state solution, which averaged 82-87% in 2000-07, while 73-77% favored reconciliation between the two peoples and 66-71% joint economic ventures between an Israeli and Palestinian state (Dowty, p. 190). At the same time, the majority of Israeli's supported the two-state solution, although 30-40% remained opposed for religious, nationalist or security reasons. Palestinians supported ongoing attacks against Israel not to overthrow the government or take over the country and drive out the Jews, or because of irrational hatred of Jews and Israel, but only because of the continuing military occupation and expansion of settlements. Camp David didn't fail because of Israel but because according to the most pro-Arab primary account (Agha & Malley) Arafat walked out after having "said no to everything". At Taba, Arafat ran out the clock on negotiations. Followed by burning the olive branch extended by Peres at Davos. Later he would refuse to implement the steps required at the outset of Phase I of the Roadmap to Peace. ME> At the Taba negotiations in 2000, Israel wished to annex or lease about 8% of the West Bank, while the
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