In Thanks To Olmert, Mideast Solutions
In democracies, caretaker prime ministers do not even appoint new ministers and heads of department, let alone initiate new policies and diplomatic initiatives especially when the public opposes them, as the Israel public does here: a March 2008 Maagar Mochot poll demonstrates that 61 percent of Israelis believe that signing a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority, even one that divides Jerusalem, would bring neither peace (69 percent) nor an end to Palestinian claims (61 percent). A May 2007 Dahaf Institute poll for the Knesset Channel found 68 percent of Israelis oppose withdrawing from the Golan Heights and that 53 percent oppose withdrawals from Judea and Samaria, in both cases, even in return for a peace agreement.
The Israeli view is based on reality: an
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