The discussions between Ariel Sharon, the new right wing prime minister of Israel, and leading figures of the Israeli Labour Party show how neither main Israeli party wants peace with the Palestinians.
Sharon has held talks with the former prime minister, Ehud Barak, the man who he beat in the elections, and offered him and Shimon Peres, another former prime minister, positions in the government.
Barak was seen by many as the peace candidate in the recent elections. His decision to discuss joining Sharon's coalition shows how similar the two men's politics are.
'If there is a national unity government it will be evident that the differences between Labour as the main branch of the left and Likud as the main branch of the right are not that big,' said Eli Goldschmidt, who has resigned as a Labour member of the Israeli parliament in protest at the coalition talks. The discussions show why everybody should support the Palestinian uprising.