Originally Posted by Michael in Toronto
It seems such agreements were almost signed between Barak and Arafat, and then Olmert and Abbas.
My opinion is that any deal would result in assassinations and rebellion within Palestinian ranks, so the Palestinian leaders balk at the last minute.
I seem to remember Rabin being assassinated by an Israeli, a few days after agreeing to allow Palestinian elections and an expansion of self-rule.
Have any Palestinian leaders been assassinated by any Palestinians, after making headway towards self-rule? I seem to remember Abbas being particularly popular in the West Bank when he was on his way to the UN a year ago.
So contrary to your opinion, the facts seem to demonstrate that deals are more likely to result in assassinations and rebellion within Israeli ranks, while the opposite happens within Palestinian ranks.