It was inevitable that it would happen. After a reported million demonstrators marched into Tahrir Square in Cairo and overthrew the regime of Hosni Mubarak, it was only a matter of time until similar tactics would be employed against Israel.
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Last night at a parlour meeting that I attended, Yitzhak Herzog MK warned of the danger of the current demonstrations spilling over into the West Bank. Palestinians could march in their thousands and block Route 443, which skirts Modi’in and Maccabim and is one of the two main arteries linking Tel Aviv with Jerusalem.
The events of recent days underline the importance of a political initiative at this time to make progress towards a resolution of the Israel/Palestinian conflict. Time does not stand still and the current situation is unsustainable.
Israel can no longer simply react to circumstances but must be pro-active in suggesting a way forward out of the current impasse.