Israel confronts its nightmare scenario

Paul McGeough; 2/4/10

… The manner in which Netanyahu has circled his wagons does not look good. Instead of bringing more moderate elements of the Israeli political spectrum into government, he opted for a hawkish right-wing kitchen cabinet in which the talk is free and frank – and the spirit of compromise is meagre. ”We’re talking about something that is diseased and insane,” the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth this week quoted a Netanyahu confidant who was accusing the White House of taking a ”patently Palestinian line”. ”The situation is catastrophic. We have a problem with a very, very hostile [US] administration – there’s never been anything like this before.” Inadvertently perhaps, he revealed the extent to which for some in the Israeli establishment, the peace-process always was a dead end…