Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu won a big election on March 17, but he won ugly by staking out a new position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is likely to harm his nation as long as he remains prime minister, The Daily Beast website reports today (March 18, 2015).
In a desperate last-minute ploy to incite fear and gain Israeli votes, a come-from-behind Netanyahu declared Israel will never agree to a Palestinian state as long as he is prime minister.
Such a caustic and undiplomatic statement is likely to result in more Israeli-Palestinian wars and more murders of Israelis by Palestinians, as it discourages a harmonious Israeli-Palestinian coexistence and increases hatred between the two groups.
Moreover, such a statement is bound to worsen U.S.-Israeli relations -- currently the worst they have been since Israel became an independent nation in 1948 -- as the U.S. can no longer look forward to serving as mediator for a viable Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. It will also have a negative impact on international public opinion and isolate Israel, as many nations will undoubtedly hurt Israel and its citizens economically by boycotting Israeli products and by implementing other punitive economic measures.