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    a permanent peace treaty, but the problem as presented in this round is this is Exhibit B of Israel agreeing a ceasefire and attacking immediately thereafter. This gives at least the current government of Israel a whomping credibility problem, since if they can't or won't keep a brand new deal, and use the occasion to kill off the head negotiator of that deal for the Non Israeli side, twice now, at least, AND have started a war against Gaza twice just after the election of their supposed rabbis, the US presidents, why should a permanent deal be believed to be any more permanent than this round. And what exactly has prohibited Israeli government from proceeding with the negotiations for such a treaty until now. It's nice to have the goal of what you call a permanent treaty, but on the record of Bibi, highly unrealistic to think there will ever be one while he or his are in office.

    And, um, isn't your notion that an essential precondition is the permanence of a particular treaty itself a precondition which BIbi claims he will not negotiate under the weight of. Or is it just Palestinian preconditions that are unacceptable, with whatever Israel requires OK? And how permanent is permanent? One week, one year, ten years, until the next Israeli election?  

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