Roger Cohen has an interesting op-ed in the New York Times today titled "Israel, Iran and Fear", where he makes some thought-provoking points about Israel:
Existential threats — from Iran, from Hamas and Hezbollah, from demography — are forever invoked. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refuses — for now — to support even the notion of Palestinian statehood..."
"As Gary Sick, the prominent Middle East scholar and author, suggested to me recently: “The biggest risk to Israel is Israel.”
"A core contradiction inhabits Israeli policy. While talking about a two-state solution — at least until Netanyahu redux — Israel has gone on building the West Bank settlements that render a peace agreement impossible by atomizing the 23 percent of the land theoretically destined for Palestine.
There are no easy solutions out of this well-known and understood rut. Just pushing it along doesn't seem to point to a way forward any more.