I think the end of the article - the last two paragraphs summed up Isreal overall. People may like to tell themselves that peace 'doesn't matter', but I don't believe it. And I doubt they really believe it either. Sometimes people lie to themselves, lie to each other. And I think thats whats going on here.
There was a guy in my spanish classes when I was in Spain from Isreal, and he told me something that I did not know before and have not seen pointed out before. In Isreal *everyone* has to join the army/airforce/whatever for a time right out of high school. I think its 5 years - from 18-23 yrs your in the armed forces. After that, if you want you can leave and do other things, but for those 5 years out of high school thats what you do. Thats why you'll never meet an Isreali outside isreal between 18/19-23/24 yrs old. You just won't, cause' they're occupied.
And so, everyone knows someone in the army - everyone has a son or daughter or brother or sister or aunt or uncle or cousin or niece or nephew or gandson/granddaughter in the army. Everyone. Which means that everyone pays at least a smidge of attention to the war/peace talks. Because everone knows *someone* close to them, who is in danger.