Haim Ramon told Israel Radio Saturday that Israel is not meeting its commitments under the internationally sponsored Middle East "road map" to peace.
He said Israel must make a decision on the outposts in one or two weeks. " VOA
I do not know Haim Ramon, but he has this one right. I was driving around in the West Bank a month ago and it was quite clear that even in the parts of the land that are supposedly under Palestinian control there is an Israeli presence just about everywhere. North of Jerusalem one drives to the edge of the Jerusalem municipality, then one drives through territory still policed by Israel, then one crosses over into Palestinian land. On the ridges flanking the road there are; outposts, Nahal camps and settlements. The amount of Palestinian soil that does not feel some sort of Israeli controlling presence is fairly small.
As Ramon says, an unwillingness to withdraw from such places is a profound inhibition to moving forward with the "Road Map" towards a two state solution. Neither American political party is likely to back away from Israel for this reason, but it is in Israel’s interest to find a modus vivendi with the Palestinians.
From the point of view of the ordinary Palestinians, the ones who do not like the Israelis but who would like a settlement just so that they could get on with their lives, these Israeli positions are a constant temptation to disbelief in the real posssibility of peace in the Holy Land.
You see the Hamas flag in the West Bank, but in my travel there it did not seem that Hamas is yet dominant there. It will be dominant if the Road Map" does not succeed. pl