Israeli withdrawal from peace talks
Israel always approached the peace talks as an opportunity to further entrench its power and control over Palestinian people, by continuing to build settlements and continuing the violent repression inherent in military occupation throughout this round and all previous rounds of talks. Their desire to continue to deal with a divided Palestinian population, and their escalating and lopsided demands on Palestinian leadership, further made the idea of any just and lasting peace emerging from these talks highly unlikely. A unified Palestinian government that could represent at least the interests of all people under Israeli occupation, is the minimal requirement of serious talks, and if Israel had been serious about peace it would have been willing to negotiate with it.
-Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director, Jewish Voice for Peace