It is true that after taking office in 2002 Ariel Sharon came to support a Palestinian state, but Goldberg neglects to mention what sort of state Sharon had in mind.
The "choice" Sharon offered Palestinians, according to The Economist, was between a "Swiss-cheese state, comprising most of the West Bank but riddled with settlements," and Israel "pulling out from up to 40% or 50% of the West Bank’s territory unilaterally while keeping most of its settlements."
Goldberg postulates that the fundamental obstacle to peace has been the Palestinian people’s failure to reach the epiphany of Sharon and Israeli settlers, that mutual coexistence on the basis of the two-state settlement is preferable to interminable war.
owever, according to Meron Benvenisti, a leading Israeli authority on the Occupied Territories, "most Palestinians" support a two-state settlement on the June 1967 borders "as long as [the Palestinian state] enjoys all the trappings of sovereignty and is free of settlers," whereas "the majority of Israelis who ostensibly support a Palestinian state are vehemently opposed" to such a Palestinian state but instead "support an entity that will have partial control over about half the West Bank, with no control over the border crossings, immigration policies, water resources, coastal waters, and airspace."
The "irreducible truth" of the peace process would seem to be that no amount not of Israeli concessions but of Israeli crumbs will satiate Palestinians.