Everybody can see the disaster approaching. And even if Netanyahu prefers to dream about a nicer reality, his partner Ehud Barak has already shouted in his ears (and ours) that there is going to be a political Tsunami: Come September, the UN will recognize a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders. We now hear that the EU is likely to approve it in the absence of peace negotiations. After this, it will become extremely hard to accept other borders, subject only to minor territorial exchanges. Israel will resist of course, but will slowly become a pariah state as a result (except possibly in the US where the process will be slower). It is so easy for Israel to act now and avoid the terrible consequences! All Israel needs to do is to stop settlements activity now for a short few months (until the UN General Assembly session is over), and negotiate borders with Abbas. Notice that nobody, not even the US, pressures Abbas to give up the demand of stopping the settlement activity: It is justified by international law (against settling an occupied territory), and is simple common sense: You cannot negotiate dividing the pizza while one side keeps eating it. But Netanyahu is a political coward of unusual proportions. He is afraid of the settlers, a small minority, and of the extremists in Likud. Better remember that after Sharon removed the settlers from Gaza, his popularity soared and he was expected to win over 40 seats in the Knesset. Well, perhaps Netanyahu is afraid that Heaven will punish him by putting him into a coma...
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