Without a Resounding Gaza 'Victory,' Netanyahu Faces Political Disaster

The disturbing truth for the prime minister is that ending the fighting in a way the public will see as weakness, concession or fatigue is liable to cost him his position.

An alien landing in the country early in the week might have thought that all of Israel’s problems are being caused by someone named John Kerry. The well-meaning but somewhat awkward U.S. secretary of state, who failed in his attempt to achieve a cease-fire, was described in the local press as a diplomatic terrorist, a strategic hazard, a digger of deadly tunnels beneath the country’s security.