No eyes would suddenly turn away if reliance on oil did not exist. Does he really think that the world's outrage over Israel's occupations and settlements and the oppression that results is based on its need for oil? What a simpleminded view! Realistically, the more direct pressure, and involvement, of the world in the ME conflict can most likely be attributed to the fact that the world contributed to it by providing for the creation of the state of Israel. But there's also public opinion that drives governments, and in most western nations, there's a strong empathy towards the Palestinians and their situation that makes it stand out. Oil isn't the driving force behind it. The world is getting its oil, and not only from Arab nations, and if the flow of oil was cut back, just like he said, alternatives would be found...and other sources tapped...and the Arabs know that. If the world stopped caring about the Palestinians tomorrow, the oil would still flow. What Bibi needs to understand is that the world has changed, and continues to change, and it's becoming increasingly less tolerant of oppression, denial human rights, and human injustice. And THAT'S got nothing to do with oil.
Netanyahu to activists: I'm ready to meet Abbas to talk two-state solution (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel's newfound oil is distracting Netanyahu