This is the judgment of an American, but I do not doubt that there are those in Israel who would agree with me on this.
If Ehud Barak seriously believes that Israel can prevent a diplomatic "tsunami" by advancing the illogically named "peace process," he is surely deluding himself. This past weekend, the widespread favorable reaction among Palestinian Arabs to the vile, cold-blooded terrorist attack on a Jewish family living in the Samarian town of Itamar provided more than enough proof that any diplomatic effort to solve the conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors is bound to fail, and any Israeli retreat to the "1967 borders" (i.e. the 1949 armistice lines) is sure to be nothing short of suicidal. Peace and coexistence, by their very nature, cannot coexist with a malignant political culture that rationalizes and even celebrates murder. Under such circumstances, any diplomatic efforts will fundamentally amount to (at best) little more than being like putting a bandage on cancer.