Anatol Lieven writes in the Financial Times:
Thomas Friedman once wrote that for a peace settlement to be reached, both an Israeli and a Palestinian leadership would have to be prepared to fight a civil war against sections of their own populations. The Palestine Liberation Organisation does seem willing to fight such a war against Hamas if it is offered a real state to rule, not some Israeli-dominated Bantustan. Israeli governments, however, have so far stopped short of a real showdown with their settlers, and it does not seem that they are yet close to being willing to face this.
Contrary to Lievens’ assertion, Ariel Sharon’s disengagement was a move that certainly marginalized the settler movement. As for the preposterous idea that the PLO — Bantustans notwithstanding — is willing to fight a war against Hamas, Lievens missed the “Palestinian Altalena moment” that took place in June.