Netanyahu's March of Folly

Carlo Strenger on what might be heading in Israel's direction:

Netanyahu's real goals have never changed since the 1990s, when he presented his long-term view in books, articles and op-ed pieces. As he wrote in his book A Durable Peace, he believes that Palestinian sovereignty should be limited to four cantons surrounding major Palestinian cities, on an area of no more than 40 percent of the West Bank. His current actions indicate, that he continues to move toward settling as much land as possible. The goal, it seems, is to prevent Palestinians from applying the principle of the right of return, even to a future Palestinian state.

Of course no Palestinian leader would ever accept Netanyahu's plans, and Netanyahu knows this as well as anybody else.

It is less clear how he envisages the near and far future. His government has already indicated that it will revoke the Oslo agreements if the Palestinians seek UN recognition for their state in September. This might indeed suit Netanyahu - if he wants to make a Palestinian state impossible, he might actually like the idea of rescinding all previous accords. In his view, this gives Israel full freedom to do as it wishes in the West-Bank.