Let me first of all make it clear that I deeply sympathise with Israel, not only from a political standpoint, but also for family ties. This is because I wish to prevent my criticism to be dismissed as anti-Jewish, etc. and related to my being Italian and European, and we seem to be taking an equivocal position to say the least.
However I see two factors that make Israel partly responsible for the failure of the peace process. In the short term, I feel that Israel was drawn into the conflict also as a result of the political ambitions of Mr Sharon, who ruthlessly stirred up the Palestinian revolt to sink Mr Barak's government. On the long term, I also see Israel's reponsibility in the failure of the peace talks, for not halting the settlements in the occupied territories while negotiating with the Palestinians. How can you successfully negotiate with someone who is at the same time busy in purloining your purse?
The fact that I am not pointing out Mr. Arafat's or Bush's responsibilities in all this is just because I take them for granted and they are before everyone's eyes, but then I am writing to Israel Forum and not elsewhere.