The king is naked. He has run out of excuses. No more BS. Either settlements or peace. It's natural, it's clear, it's crystal-clear. The demand to be recognized as a Jewish state is also natural, clear, and necessary. The right of return has an enormously loaded symbolism for Palestinians, even if "right" is not to be translated into deeds that de facto destroy the Jewish state, as a state for the Jewish people, with Jewish features. But before Jerusalem, before borders, before refugees, before the "essence" Natanyahu rightly refers to in Israel's condition, there is an immediate, unavoidable choice by Israel. And Abbas has put it correctly: choose between settlements and peace. You can't have both, Natanyahu. Finally, we see how hollow the notion that only Begins and Sharons are capable of peace deals. Netanyahu is both powerless, and chronically vacillating. If he doesn't make up his mind in a dramatic way, peace talks will collapse, and they will probably remain so until a new, center-left PM gets elected. Who knows when that will be, in contemporary Israel.
At least 13 killed in bomb explosion suburb of Baghdad (Reuters)