Palestinian fishermen prepare their boat at the harbour in Gaza City on April 25, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABED)
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An Israeli decision to suspend snarled negotiations with the Palestinians has signaled the latest and perhaps the final blow to two decades of a mostly fruitless peace process.When the landmark Oslo Peace Accords were inked in 1993 and the Palestinians gained limited rule in Israeli-occupied lands, dialogue promised to be the best way toward a lasting peace.Palestinians seek a state in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem – lands Israel occupied in a 1967 war.The same is almost certainly true of Palestinians, who have long doubted the whole process.Over half of those polled by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey research in March opposed the extension of peace talks, and more than 70 percent viewed the conditions of Palestinians as so-so to very bad. Though major attacks on Israeli civilians subsided with the end of a second Palestinian uprising in 2005, many Israelis are scarred by the violence and say whatever comes they must be vigilant of a people whom they doubt want genuine peace.For Palestinians, the breakdown of the peace efforts with Israel had a silver lining, as it opened the way for a long-hoped-for unity deal between the Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas in Gaza.
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