I think this is an excellent analysis of what is going on. That is not to say that a final agreement will be reached, even if a provisional state is set up. Barry Rubin thinks no compromise from the palestinians will be forthcoming. They may not even return to the negotiating table. But America won’t let that stop them.
By Yisrael Ne’eman, Mid East on Target
Right wingers have been stunned by Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu’s Palestinian policies since he took office this past March 31. Not only did he announce in his famous Bar Ilan speech that he advocated a two-state solution but now there is to be a building freeze (not including Jerusalem or public structures) for the next ten months in settlements across Israel’s 1949-67 armistice line with the West Bank. Even former army chief of staff Moshe (Bogey) Ya’alon and right wing ideologue Benny Begin are favoring the move. The Palestinians may claim it is not enough and the Americans expected more, but in Israeli political terminology Netanyahu’s concession is huge. The PM prefaced this latest policy announcement several weeks ago when explaining that should the Palestinians come to the table they will see that Israel will be very forthcoming.