Analysis: Pressured premier, at home and abroad

For the first time since his reelection in March, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finds himself under severe pressure both at home and abroad. The latest wave of Palestinian terror has put a host of ideological, diplomatic and security problems on his plate.

On the strategic level, it places in sharp relief the two rival visions of the Israeli-Palestinian future: Two states for two peoples, with security maintained through deterrence, demilitarization and the creation of common interests, or a single state with security maintained by the force of occupation in the face of endemic violence and terror.

The young knife-wielding terrorists have given Israelis a glimpse of the kind of future they can expect if the Netanyahu government’s do-nothing policy on the diplomatic front is allowed to continue, leading both peoples willy-nilly into a joint one-state hell.


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