Sharonism, the Gaza pullout and the birth of Kadima, the new Israeli centrist party, are expressions of an evolution in internal Israeli thinking, just as the political victory of Hamas is an expression of an internal evolution of Palestinian thinking in response to corruption and lack of progress. Taken by themselves, these are healthy evolutions. The problem is that none of these developments evolved in conversation with the enemy next door. There is no peace without conversation, secret or public, nor will there be realistic internal debate that will yield peace or coexistence with enemies.
By 2010, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert promises, Israel will have a border on the east. Who needs the agreement of the Palestinians and the approval of the world when we Israelis alone have been determining things since 1967? After all, the U.S. is on our side. Let us assume that the plan is possible. Is this going to be a regular border, that is, a clear line with walls and fences, beyond which there are no Israeli forces? Absolutely not. The very fact that there is no partner on the Palestinian side obliges the Israeli army and the Israeli General Security Service to be present on the other side of the line.