You've just about pegged the whole of Netanyahu's strategy - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Giggles
    • 22.05.11 | 08:03 (IDT)

    But like you've said, pretty much the whole of the international community is fully cognizant of his ploys - which let's face it, are outdated and transparent as glass - which makes them the primary source of the so-called "delegitimization of Israel" that he loves so much to cite in his rhetoric. He's done more damage to Israel's image than all of its enemies combined...and he's apparently not done yet. By the time September rolls around, there may be only one vote against a Palestinian state...Israel's. But even if there's two, ultimately he'll have lost his battle, and worse, Israel's image will be severely tarnished. And you're right about Hamas...it's already moderated its stance to some degree - regarding the acceptance of the '67 border, and giving negotiations with Israel a chance - and if Netanyahu was pragmatic, and wanted peace, he'd cultivate the situation instead of dismissing it outright. Radicals tend to mellow with time, recognition, and status...just like those of Israel's pre-state government and militias, Fateh, and the PLO. And you're also right about what to watch for from Israel(Netanyahu), and I'll venture it'll be by way of some sort of overt or covert action to incite, or create an incident that will incite, an outbreak of violence...and the closer it gets to September with international consensus as it is, the greater the its likelihood!

    from the article: There is nothing to fear but hope
    First published 01:16 22.05.11 | Last updated 01:16 22.05.11
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