Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon disparaged the Palestinians for killing the latest round of negotiations because, he said, they want to take, not give. While inspecting a Golani Brigade exercise in the north, he said: “They have been telling us for months that they wouldn’t recognize Israel as a Jewish state, let go of the Right of Return [of Palestinian refugees] or negotiate an end to the conflict. The time has come,” said the minister, “to break free of our slavish addiction to preconceptions, and accept that when the moment comes for decisions, the Palestinians are going to bolt and blame us. I have been shouting this for 20 years.”