Public Comment

Israel’s Election

Jagjit Singh
Friday March 20, 2015 - 03:04:00 PM

Israel’s election exposed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s duplicity by rejecting a Palestinian state repudiating the promise he made in 2009. His race baiting rant against Arab voters demonstrated that he would stop at nothing to get re-elected. There is little doubt that Israel will now face growing international isolation as it expands its settlements and maintains its brutal occupation. The boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign (B.D.S.) has accelerated under Netanyahu’s polarizing leadership; he has repeatedly demonstrated his callous insensitivity to advance basic Palestinian human rights. His ‘wag the dog’ appearance before the Congress was a blatant effort to torpedo US efforts in reaching a peaceful accommodation with Iran and enhance his persona before Israelis that he was the savior of existential threats. He has repeatedly clashed with President Obama and has contributed to the partisan political gridlock in Washington. 

America has invested heavily in promoting a two-state solution to remedy decades of injustice towards the Palestinians. Tens of billions of dollars have been squandered in this effort. The Obama administration has signaled a major potential shift in policy and is now considering backing a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a two-state solution based on an Israeli withdrawal from the Occupied Territories.