Gone are the days when Arabs were able to stage meaningful terrorist attacks and Jews could retaliate meaningfully. The war has degenerated into a spat of slogans.

Netanyahu reportedly has agreed to consider the 1948 borders as “the basis” for negotiations. Of course, they always were the basis, without Israel saying so explicitly.

The Palestinians trumpet that as an important concession which has made them ready to return for another round of futile negotiations in which neither side will be able to agree on “land exchange” because Israeli settlement blocs are located in places that are strategically inconvenient for a Palestinian state.

Knowing full well the futility of the exercise, Egypt commended Netanyahu’s “bold position.”

Israeli leftists need desperately to start peace negotiations with the Arabs before the ten-month moratorium expires. With talks underway, no one would dare to resume construction in the settlements.

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