The wider international community can play a role at this critical moment. To keep open the window for a negotiated solution, Europe and the United States must make clear their expectation that the Palestinians should refrain from unilateral steps and stay at the table.
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But both peoples are in desperate need of a newer, younger generation of leaders who have a memory of something other than an armed struggle for existence, and who may be interested in something other than maintaining their death grip on power.
US Secretary of State John Kerry must be chuffed at his success in bringing Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table. It took six visits to the region and hours of arm twisting behind the scenes to restart the peace talks that broke down in 2008.
Baroness Ashton did not explicitly compare the actions of the IDF to those of the killers in Toulouse. She seemed to be grasping for some more general point about the tragedy of young people dying, even adding the deaths of young people in a tragic coach accident in to the equation. But there are dangerous inferences that could be drawn.
Israel's former foreign minister Tzipi Livni has met her British counterpart in London, just weeks after a controversial
PA -- Former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni will meet Foreign Secretary William Hague in Britain in the first test