First of all, the election is yet to be held. So, #1's prediction that Likud will still be our ruling party is premature. As for #2, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a feedback loop that is not detached from other events happening in our region. The rise of Islamist power in Egypt, Tunisia, probably Syria also impacts Palestinian politics. Israelis are rightly concerned about this "rightward lurch" in Arab politics, and so we circle the wagons. This is not a justification, as the hardening of positions on both sides of the divide creates its own dynamic, and the results will not be good for any of the peoples of this region. If you really care about peace, and not about scoring points, you would understand this.
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from the article: Has Likud gone too far right for Netanyahu?