The occupied Palestinian territories have a significance for Israel beyond the religious and national: Israel's close cooperation with security firms and police forces in Britain brings closer the prospect that what has been tested on Palestinians in Nablus and Gaza, and on Iraqi civilians in Fallujah, is coming to your community.
Many peace activists in Palestine/Israel believe that the two-state solution is gone, buried under the massive Israeli settlement blocs. Obama's last-ditch effort seems the last chance. What obstacles, in Israel and in the US, could defeat him? And if he fails, what next – a single state, a regional confederation?