Israel does not have to respond, Israel can put the blame for the occupation on the Palestinians but, as David Grossman says, Israel cannot stop ”the sense of defeat and the feeling of despair .....intensifying, building up ever more in the dark recesses, until they erupt suddenly with volcanic force." Pride (or in Israel's case enormous arrogance) comes before a fall need not be just a meaningless cliche.
U.S. State Dept. condemns 'vicious terrorist attack' that killed Palestinian infant (Haaretz)
from the article: An open letter to Netanyahu: It's time to speak to Abbas