Tuesday, March 17, 2015

If elected I promise to continue to deny political rights based on ethnicity and religion

I don't know why anyone would be the least bit surprised by Netanyahu's last minute holy-shit-I-might-actually-lose admission. Even though he made that speech in 2009 where he allegedly embraced the two-state solution, his actions have always been more about stifling any chances that negotiations with the Palestinians would go anywhere. From timing each new announced settlement expansion to upset the Palestinians just as some new round of negotiations were going to get started, to switching from insisting that the Palestinians recognize Israel's existence (after they did just that) to insisting that they recognize Israel's "Jewishness."

It would be a good thing if we can finally drop any illusion that the Netanyahu government itself is a major obstacle to reaching a final deal on a Palestinian state.