Weekend Thinking: Israelis and Palestinians

The failure to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have produced a surge of commentary among analysts and pundits advocating various alternatives.  The primary scenarios proffered include maintaining the status quo and refusing to compromise, a one-state bi-national option, a two-state option in which a Palestinian state lives next to Israel, and a three-state option in which the West Bank and Gaza Strip each with their separate governments form distinct states, perhaps uniting with Jordan and Egypt, respectively.

Some commentators living outside the conflict zone voice extremist views.  It is easy to be an armchair activist and espouse radical views while not being on the ground and living with the daily consequences of political actions.

Take a look at these recent interviews of ordinary Palestinians and Israelis expressing their thoughts.  Their responses may surprise you.

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