When Israel is forced either to have its cake or eat it

Unlike his predecessor Yasser Arafat, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas symbolises the interlocutor Benjamin Netanyahu most dreads: pragmatic, accountable and committed to nonviolence.

How to lose friends and alienate people

On a collision course with the Palestinians ahead of their UN statehood bid, Israel has paid little attention to its deteriorating relations with its regional allies. Even before next week's vote, Israel's Mideast diplomacy is at a low ebb.
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