Both sides realized during the Gaza conflict that the military and political fantasies cultivated over recent years - of 'game-changing’ weapons and tunnels, of annihilating Hamas - didn't stand the test of reality.
Dr. Nimrod Hurvitz teaches in the Department of Middle East History at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and is content manager and an author at www.canthink.co.il.
Obama's Middle East critics seem to forget that the U.S. is neither an Israeli proxy state nor a mercenary force at the disposal of Syrian rebel forces.
Do Netanyahu and Lieberman, post-Gaza, now understand the limits of their doctrine of force and belligerent speech, as did Ariel Sharon following the second intifada? If so, perhaps there is still hope for a diplomatic solution to the Iran crisis.
Israel's right-wing leadership continues to toy with Arab-Jewish tensions in the same reckless manner akin to playing with matches next to a barrel of gun-powder.