Time and again, however, Netanyahu’s position is lost in translation. His real aim is “two states for two peoples.” What that means is that Israel must be recognized as a Jewish state.
The ploy, if there is any, lies in the fact that Netanyahu knows perfectly well that the Palestinians will never sign an agreement that obligates them to recognize the sovereignty of a Jewish state in the Holy Land.
Rational as Israeli and Western leaders claim to be, many still cling to this scheme in the same way those who cross their fingers believe that doing so will bring them good luck. But after 50 years of Israeli “occupation,” the magic finally seems to be waning, and, of all people, it could be President Donald Trump who finally forces this genie back into its bottle.
Fatigue with this illusory peace process was best seen in remarks by renowned Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua, one of the...
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