The pretence by Western journalists that Israel — and its backer, the United States — are interested in a “negotiated settlement” with the Palestinians is so utterly disgraceful.
We all know it’s a joke. Only one thing can change the situation: that a majority of Israelis wake up to the harm that their conservative government is doing to their country’s image in the world, and throw it out.
The Palestinians may be weak today. But they won’t be weak for ever. If Israel continues to be as intransigent as it is today, and shows the world an ‘in-your-face’ arrogance all the time, because of its undoubted strength, it is creating a scenario for doom for Israeli citizens of tomorrow. Remember the innocent Israeli athletes who were murdered in cold blood at the Munich Olympics, due to the immense hatred built up against Israel. Once you live in the world, you can’t just ignore everyone else and tell them to “go hang”.