Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may think his strongest moment comes as he insists on pressing on with Israel’s devastating military assault on Gaza. It may prove to be his weakest.
Even his staunchest allies – including the United States – see a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians as the only realistic way to achieve lasting peace. Many of Netanyahu’s own countrymen – up to and including members of his war cabinet – acknowledge this logic, provided that Israel receives all necessary assurances for its security.
Netanyahu’s insistence on using overwhelming military force has reached the point at which it is doing his country more harm than good, and the Israeli public is slowly realising this.
He promised to bring back all of the Israeli hostages taken by Hamas, but they have mostly been returned in body bags. Relatives and friends, alongside more Israeli citizens, are out on the streets protesting against him.
Netanyahu claims to be fighting radicalism. But the kind of war he has waged feeds it, as does his stubborn refusal to acknowledge even the concept of an independent Palestinian state.