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In the meantime, notes Mr. Asali, a genuine partnership is needed. “Israel has to face its moment of truth.” No more excuses. Israel “has to decide whether it will partner with a moderate Palestinian state in words and in deeds or will face a religious militant movement that will drag it and the region into a holy war.” He states: “Avoiding this partnership now is political malpractice.”

Claude Salhani is international editor for United Press International.