On Monday evening, a day before his party would come out on top of Israel's elections by an impressive margin, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu performed an act of political survival by renouncing his previous support of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The move earned him both international scorn and domestic support, particularly in the form of the votes that his Likud Party cannibalized from the Israeli right at the polls. Prior to the reversal, Netanyahu's prospects for re-election were uncertain; polls indicated that the center-left Zionist Union Party was poised to score more seats than Bibi's Likud, potentially opening up space for a new occupant in the prime minister's office in Jerusalem.
On Thursday, Netanyahu performed yet another act of political survival by disavowing his disavowal. In his first interview after the elections, Netanyahu equivocated on his "not on my watch" stance on Palestinian statehood, offering instead that his statement had been a reflection of what was currently possible rather than what was desirable.
“I don’t want a one-state solution; I want a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution, but for that, circumstances have to change," he told NBC News. "I was talking about what is achievable and what is not achievable. We have to have real negotiations with people who are committed to peace.”