The headlines this week reeked of déjà vu, reminiscent of previous confrontations and intifadas, as conditions on the ground in Gaza are becoming more and more similar to those that preceded the 2014 war.19:05 05.02.16 | 4 comments
Some form of a building freeze in the West Bank is absolutely elementary. You can't negotiate the division of a pizza when one side keeps eating it. This basic truth was understood even by Dumbya Bush, which is why it was put in phase 1 of his Roadmap, and why Sharon committed to it. (Both were businessmen.) If Netanyahu cannot get his coalition colleagues to accept this easy step, then his government will never accept the really painful steps that go with a real peace agreement. Netanyahu is wasting everybody's time when presenting his government as going for peace. It will never happen with this coalition. Netanyahu can get a majority for peace, in a coalition between Likud, Kadima, Labor (68 MKs), supported from the outside by 14 more of Meretz and the Arabs. Even the Haredim (16 MKs) will agree to peace if a good part of Jerusalem will be kept. (They are not interested in the West Bank.) Netanyahu is stuck in his coalition because of some political fears of Lieberman. The man is a political coward, the like of whom never before appeared on the Israeli scene.