“I’m trying to be optimistic,” an Israeli friend said to me after last spring’s elections, “but my son goes into the Army next year and I shiver when I think of Netanyahu making life and death decisions for this country.”
It’s hard to blame her. The ideology of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party is a species of fundamentalist nationalism; though secular, it claims “eternal rights” to “historical” borders, and aims to identify such “rights” with “security.” The new premier has always opposed trading land for peace, the axiom of the Oslo accords. Obviously, then, a peace process can now succeed only if Netanyahu and his confederates betray their own first principles....
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