So what is Israel waiting for? Complete global delegitimisation?
Ehud Barak, Israel’s defence minister, has said that his country must recognise that the world will not put up with decades more of Israeli rule over the Palestinian people.
Speaking to Israel Radio on Israel’s Memorial Day on Monday, Barak acknowledged that there was no way forward in negotiations with the Palestinians other than to meet their aspirations for a state of their own.
“The world is not willing to accept – and we will not change that in 2010 – the expectation that Israel will rule another people for decades more,” he said.
“It is something that does not exist anywhere else in the world.
“There is no other way, whether you like it or not, than to let them [the Palestinians] rule themselves.”