If Netanyahu rejects a binational state and a fully sovereign Palestinian state, then, what does he endorse: apartheid “lite”? The expulsion of Palestinians into Egypt and Jordan? What other conclusions can one draw here? I mean a demilitarized entity encircled by walls and fences and crisscrossed by security checkpoints won’t even amount to a Lesotho-type state. Be that as it may, it’s clear that the Two-State Solution has by now taken its last breaths.
Yes, Hamas rockets and missiles do pose a “security threat” to Israel, and Hamas charter does still call for the destruction of Israel, but does Hamas and its missiles truly pose an existential threat to Israel? Isn’t the ongoing joke of a “confrontation” in Gaza an indication of how puny a threat Hamas poses?
The only country in the region that could develop a serious existential threat to Israel is Iran, and it could only do so when it develops a stockpile of nuclear missiles capable of reaching Israel. Iran might be able to detonate a nuclear device in a couple of years, but building a stockpile requires decades. Iran will never be given that opportunity, irrespective of Obama’s dithering, spinelessness and downright moral cowardice.
So, why paint us into a corner now? Why fight against Iran on our land, be it in Gaza, Syria or Iraq? Take the fight to them. Let them pay the price for their own unwieldy ambitions. Perhaps when the fire reaches their land they’d stop fanning the flames in ours.
The best thing to do at this stage is to leave the Gaza and West Bank be, dismantle some of the illegal settlements there, while inviting an international force to man the borders with Jordan, Egypt and Israel to ensure that no weapons are being smuggled. Such an arrangement worked in the Golan, and it worked even in Lebanon after the 2006 war.
If this sounds naïve to some, well, perhaps a little naiveté is better than the lunacy currently unfolding.