The UNSC vote on the settlements has changed the game forever, and there's no going back. Even the US veto, as unfortunate as it is, actually highlighted the problem - especially with the US ambassador stumbling all over herself trying to rationalize it in what amounted almost to an apology. And oh yes indeed, Israel's little misdirection play regarding settlement freezes as "concessions" has finally been blown wide open. For awhile it seemed like everyone was lulled into falling for it, probably because the US approach to mediation was inadvertantly helping Israel sell it. But the bottom line is that nothing Israel can do is likely to change the international persepctive, which even before this was already becoming increasingly acute and critical. Unfortunately, Netanyahu and company are too busy celebrating the US veto - and accusing the rest of the world of delegitimization - for any of this to have sunk in yet. And judging from their failure to recognize the unmistakable changes in international perception thus far, it's not likely to happen until the negative repercussions finally hit home. Until then, and even afterwards no doubt, they'll continue their cries of delegitimization...only afterwards maybe their eyes will open.
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