If the Haaretz headline is right (which I by no means concede) and the U.S. claim that the PA is about to return to direct peace negotiations, and that the Quartet will issue a statement saying that 1967 borders are the basis for such a negotiation–are all correct…then how does that square with Israel’s virtual denial of the upcoming Quartet statement:
“Israel is not willing to agree to any preconditions from the back door via a Quartet announcement that will serve as a basis for the negotiations,” a senior official in Jerusalem said.
If you add to this Bibi Netanyahu’s recent explicit denial that 1967 borders are an acceptable precondition for Israel as covered here, how is there any basis to conduct this negotiation? How can it succeed? How can it end in anything but failure? Do Barack Obama and George Mitchell know something we don’t know??