Fred Lapides sent me a thought. And some other words.
"A thought. I note that many papers in the US and elsewhere point out that
the terror groups were going to suspend their doings and try for peace
talks. And that the Israelis, suspicious of this, went ahead and killed the
Hamas guy and a number of innocents, which in turn made the Arabs give uyp
plans for peace talks.
If they really were interested in peace, they would have used this
opportunity to say Now let us sit down and talk because this is an endless
cycle of violence.
My point: when Hamas et al were continuing to kill Israelis, the U.S.
and others said Israel ought to negotiate nonetheless because the terror
would not stop till an accord reach.
That is ok for Israel. But why not now for the Arabs?"