Why Is Everyone Angry With Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu? If only it was because he killed 500 children last summer.
Netanyahu's last-ditch lurch to the right -- vowing that the Palestinian state would never be recognized on his watch -- may have helped him clinch victory but sets up an awkward diplomatic scenario, analysts said.
"A major part of the peace process with the Palestinians has been to maintain the pretense, the make-believe idea, that it will eventually lead to a two-state solution," said Daniel Levy, director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Of course, the truth has always been in plain sight:
"the most spectacular event in the contemporary history of Palestine, in a way more spectacular than the creation of the [Palestinian] Arab population. . . .
The opportunities opened up by the present reality for a lasting and radical solution of the most vexing problem of the Jewish state [referring to the Palestinian Arabs inhabiting area allotted to the "Jewish state" by the 1947 UN Partition plan], are so far-reaching, as to take one's breath away. The reversion of the status quo ante is unthinkable." (1949, The First Israelis, p. 29) And why should they...no one can make them do it.