Israel leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, who has an excellent chance to become the next prime minister of his nation, has told colleagues he is not interested in ideas proposed by outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for agreeing to the 1967 borders as part of a peace settlement with Palestinians. The Arab League in a full page advertisement in The New York Times stated openly its willingness to make peace with Israel and recognize its government in exchange for acceptance of the 1967 borders. Netanyahu represents those in Israel who will not surrender the land taken from Palestinians after the 1967 war and definitely will not abandon the West Bank. Unless Israel agrees to ending its West Bank settlement and allowing East Jerusalem to be the capital of a Palestinian state, there is no prospect of peace.
Prime Minister Olmert for years was a hard liner, but being in a position of responsibility made him aware that compromise is the only path for peace in the Middle East. Netanyahu represents those who dwell in the past and refuse to explore the current impasse through a new lens.