Israel has always used the cover of negotiations with the Palestinians for the creation of a Palestinian state as cover to announce more settlement building and thus steal more Palestinian land. Some commentators are saying Benjamin's come from behind win may have a good side, including unmasking the fiction -- perpetuated for years by Israel and the US -- that Israel was ever serious about negotiating for a "two-state" solution to the Palestinian question.
This section from an article in Mint Press News summarizes some of the commentary going around:
As veteran independent journalist Robert Parry explains the dynamic, Netanyahu’s latest maneuvers have done the important job of “unmasking” the deceit of Israel’s position on the so-called “Peace Process”—birthed by the Oslo Accords in 1993—which has held the two-state solution as its perpetual and unattainable prize. According to Parry:
The truth is that the two-state solution has been a fiction for at least the past two decades, dying in 1995 with the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. But the two-state illusion still served important political purposes both for Israelis, who would pay it lip service while continuing their steady encroachment on Palestinian lands, and for U.S. politicians who could point to the mirage as an excuse not to pressure Israel too hard on its human rights violations.
Yet, whenever any U.S. official actually tried to reach that shimmering oasis of a two-state solution, it would recede into the distance. Then, the Israelis would rely on their friends and allies in the news media and politics to blame the Palestinians. Now, however, the illusion of Israel seeking such an outcome in good faith has been lost in Netanyahu’s anything-goes determination to keep his office – a case of political expediency trumping strategic expediency.Writing at Mondoweiss, Avigail Abarbanel, an Israeli-born activist and author living abroad, expressed a response similar to Munayyer’s regarding Netanyahu’s reelection. “So he won and I have to say I am relieved,” Abarbanel explained. “There wll be no more endless cycles of pointless ‘negotiations’ with Israel pretending that some day it will agree to a two-state solution while continually escalating both settlement (colony) building and the maltreament of the Palestinians. Now everyone will see that the Palestinians were right all along and that Israel has never been a partner for negotiations.”
Some supporters of Palestine also point to the strained relations between Israel and the Obama Administration as a sign of hope.
President Obama and most people in the Washington establishment are aware that the goal of Zionism, sometimes but most often not uttered aloud, has always been to drive the Arab inhabitants of historic Palestine from all their land and went along with the fiction of negotiations for a variety of reasons, the most important being the influence of the Israeli Lobby in US elections, and Israel's role as a friendly colonial outpost in the Middle East.
There is a solution to the problems of Israel that is sometimes offered up by idealists like Ali Abunima, editor of the Electronic Intifada online news magazine -- a one state solution, a single, democratic country where Jews and Arabs, including those Arabs driven from Palestine in 1948 and their descendants, are equal citizens.
But Israel and the Zionist project still have many enablers in the US, such as members of New Mexico's federal legislative delegation Michelle Grisham, Ben Lujan, Tom Udall and Steve Pearce, who demonstrated their subservience to the Israeli Lobby by attending Netanahu's speech before a joint session of congress last month, Grisham with a local rabbi in tow.
These people must be pressured to do the right thing and stop giving the Zionist project of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine their unconditional support, and people like Senator Martin Heinrich who have shown signs of doing so must be supported when they do, and be encouraged to be open and unambiguous in their support for justice in Palestine.