Netanyahu, Obama, and officials in both countries have greater aims than world peace and sparing humanity a potential holocaust.
No matter. Time gave "King Bibi" top billing. Stengel anointed him rock star status. He's:
"poised to become the longest-serving Israeli Prime Minister since David Ben-Gurion, the founding father of Israel. He has no national rival."
"His approval rating, roughly 50%, is at an all-time high. At a moment when incumbents around the world are being shunted aside, he is triumphant."
"Like his father, he sees Jewish history as a succession of holocausts. Like his father, he has an almost mystical belief in the abiding power of anti-Semitism, as though it were more biological than cultural."
He has "a governing coalition that will not leak or collapse if he opens negotiations. He will no longer have to look over his shoulder."
"He will not have to call elections at the drop of a hat. He has not had that before, and it gives him room to maneuver and room to compromise."
Abbas said: "Now he is the emperor....he can do anything."
He always took full advantage. Imagine what he'll do now. Imagine the regional consequences. Imagine how much more Palestinians will suffer. Imagine the threat to world peace.