Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday:
Without an agreement we will be subject to international isolation and we will suffer a fate similar to that of Belfast or Bosnia, or a gradual transition from a paradigm of two states for two peoples to one of one state for two peoples. Some people will try to label us as being similar to South Africa. That’s why we must act.
And Avishai Braverman, Labour’s minister for minority affairs:
It’s time to address the core issues, courageously. The talks must stop focusing on one or another [West Bank] outpost or one or another building, and we must go straight to the main big problems. We are in such a state of international isolation that if we fail to move forward to a solution of two states for two people, that isolation will weaken us significantly.