On December 2, a Haaretz editorial headlined "Israel's punishment," saying:
UN Member States spoke "loud and clear: Yes to a two-state solution. But Israel's government responded with a step that, first and foremost, punishes Israel."
Previous articles explained that two states once were possible. No longer. Israel controls too much Palestinian land. It won't relinquish any. Partition won't work.
The only viable solution is one state for all its people at peace with equal rights. Netanyahu's decision to build another 3,000 housing units separating East Jerusalem from the West Bank drove a final nail in the two-state corpse.
It wasn't possible before. For sure, it's not now. Netanyahu's announcement came while UN Member States voted. He punished Palestinians and "the world," said Haaretz.
It didn't go unnoticed. Israel was also "punished." It's "entrenching itself even further in its own rejectionism, and deepening its isolation and the disconnect between itself and the international reality."
Perhaps so, but Palestinians so far aren't benefitting. Haaretz called settlement construction on extremely sensitive land "a particularly grave and dangerous decision."
Instead of showing restraint, "the government is dragging Israel into additional diplomatic disasters. And instead of embarking on sincere, genuine negotiations with the new observer state, Israel is turning its back on it, and on the world."
Netanyahu's policies belie his Bar-Ilan bluster. His posturing was willful deception. He also broke his pledge not to build new E1 Ma'aleh Adumin settlement housing units.