The worry for the Palestinians is that they go back into a negotiation where you‘re just talking but never reaching a conclusion. The worry for the Israelis is that you go into a negotiation where people are trying to lay down conditions the whole time, rather than negotiate. We‘ve got to find a way round that. Personally I think it‘s possible to do it, but I think time is short.
We had talks with the Americans about what we wanted in return. The truth is that we were ready to do it again, contrary to reports that Israel refused to extend it. Ultimately it was the Americans who backed down from the talks – and rightly so, I think, because in the past all the conversations with the Palestinians were about continuing the freeze and not about the key subjects.