First you hand 1027 prisoners to Hamas so that as many extended families can rejoice; you show everyone that moderation doesn't pay, only hard action and total inflexibility. Your partner becomes reliable and it will be safe to hate him. Then you make your strategic move of closing the ring around East Jerusalem look like a concession to the extreme nationalist and religious parties and pressure groups and tell the world your hands were tied. Now all you have to do is wait for Hamas to seize power in the West Bank, and work out a zero-sum solution with them. An integrist-dominated Palestinian society is the best guarantee for a permanent standoff : one state and a half, armed peace, containment. Arik can smile in his dreams.
Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade: Stabber is Yishai Shlissel, the 2005 parade attacker (Haaretz)
from the article: A boon to Hamas, at Fatah's expense
Netanyahu is encouraged by the fact that some of his critics are starting to cast doubt on the deal, and even to echo his arguments against it.17:39 30.07.15 | 6 comments