Regrettably, and we of the centrist-left camp all thought perhaps differently this second time around, but PM Benjamin Netanyahu's government will not make the peaceful gesture nor a pragmatic diplomatic move by accepting U.S. President Obama's foundation of utilizing the 1967 principles in delineating the borders between the two states. Having displayed such an intransigent response for over 2 years, not only is it a disservice for Israel's image but also increasing Israel's vulnerability with regards to its security and quite frankly, global security. Netanyahu and his supporters never understood this link and It's not probable that they will. Every intelligent analyst of the ME region emphasized such correlation and even DM Ehud Barak has attempted to persuade the Likud-led cabinet to comprehend what awaits the Jewish State. And in fact, such diplomatic rejection has not been seen by Israeli officials for some time, which in effect is only bringing about self-inflicting damage. No great Israeli leadership would have behaved in this manner - not David Ben Gurion, not Yitzchak Rabin, not Ariel Sharon, not Ehud Olmert and certainly not Shimon Peres, It's a very sad period in Israel's history when its premier goes against the American administration.
Kerry to meet Russia's Lavrov in Malaysia on Wednesday (Reuters)
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