That Inconvenient Israeli Consensus

( Jonathan S. Tobin - Having elected Netanyahu as prime minister four times, including in the last three elections, there exists a broad consensus within Israeli society that sees his policies as the only possible response to a Palestinian political culture that still refuses to accept the legitimacy of a Jewish state, no matter where its borders might be drawn. Moreover, Netanyahu's rivals on the center and the left also embrace it. The Zionist Union, the largest opposition party in the Knesset, which includes the Labor party, elected a new leader, Avi Gabbay, in a primary earlier this year. Last week, Gabbay said he wouldn't uproot any settlements as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians. Earlier in the year, the opposition Yesh Atid party's Yair Lapid said it would take 20 years for the Palestinians to demonstrate they had sufficiently altered their political culture to make peace with a Jewish state.

2017-10-23 00:00:00

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