Like many Israelis, he has spent decades trying to invent a reality and then enforce it. When a bigger reality comes along you must yield. One example (of several) from the article. Mr Ya'alon says *"There is no doubt that there is a political and diplomatic earthquake taking place in the Arab states and perhaps also Iran, and what is clear is that it is not tied to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Obama's speech is negative in this context because it brings back the claim that there is a connection."* Aside from the absurdity of his statement (defending an opinion at the expense of everything else), the Arab revolt has enormous implications for negotiations with the Palestinians, implications which he would rather minimize in order to prop up his "worldview". Israel is in big, big trouble.
Erekat: Israel's isolation is causing it to act belligerently (Haaretz)