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Arab League Proposal for Peace Deal with Israel Gains Traction

By on 5.15.13 | 10:38AM

H/T The Jerusalem Post

Fatah, the Palestinian political and military organization founded in the 1950s to gain control of territory through guerrilla warfare, agreed to an Arab League proposal authorizing land swaps for a peace deal with Israel.

Fatah, which governs the West Bank (but not Gaza, which is governed by rival party and terrorist group Hamas), agreed to the plan despite early comments from some of its officials opposing it. Under the proposal, borders would be drawn as they were in 1967 with mutually agreed-upon land swaps.

So what does it mean? Probably nothing. If the opinion of the Israeli population is any indication, a two-state solution is not in the near future. Although the majority of Israelis surveyed in an Israel Hayom poll in January supported the idea of a two-state solution, only 40.6% think the idea is feasible.

The 2012 Israeli Democracy Index found that only 25% of Israelis—both Jews and Arabs—believe that a peace deal will be signed with the Palestinians in the next 10 to 15 years. Over two-thirds believe that it won't happen.

Looking at the Israeli government, it seems no more likely. Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party may have suffered a major loss of seats in the January parliamentary elections, but it is still the majority party and was tasked with forming the governing coalition.

The election results were largely a referendum on the economy, rather than national security and the peace process—the first such election in Israel’s history. This is another sign that a peace deal isn’t likely any time soon. Israeli’s don’t think peace is going to happen right now, so they voted on the next most pressing issue.

There have been chances for peace in the past that were ignored, but this seems to be the opposite: people trying to find a chance for peace where there isn't one.

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