With the current round of peace talks appearing to advance positively, we need to remember that this sunday is a potential crash point for hopes that an agreement will be reached. If Prime Minister Netanyahu follows through on his plan to end the building freeze in Judea nad Samaria (the West Bank settlements) AND Chairman Abbas follows through on his threat to walk away if it is not continued, then the Americans can say goodbye to hopes of writing history and there may well be more violence from the Palestinians (as in 2000 after Areafat walked away from President Clinton's peace efforts).
To inform you, we link you here to two good pieces on some backgorund to the negotiations. firstly, BICOM has produced an excellent analysis of the issues facing the negotiators. Written with help from previous major players in Israeli-Palestinian talks, this is a good authoritative article on the difficulties both sides face if a true peace agreement is to be reached.
The second article is a short summary from the Jerusalem Centre For Public Affairs on Israel's security issues. It covers aspects of US policy, defensible borders for Israel and the issue of incitement by public Palestinian sources; something that in itself is a major security issue.
Related links :
BICOM analysis of issues facing the peace negotiators
JCPA article on Israel's "basic security needs"