In the Arena

The Gaza Mess

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The Washington Post, which has been a fairly conservative voice on Middle East policy, condemns the Israeli attack on the pro-Palestinian flotilla. The key paragraph is the last one:

As for Mr. Netanyahu, the only road to recovery from this disaster lies in embracing, once and for all, credible steps to create conditions for a Palestinian state. A good start would be easing restrictions on both Gaza and the West Bank, once the reactions to Monday’s events subside. Mr. Netanyahu also needs to broaden his government to include pro-peace parties; one of his main problems is cabinet hawks who have made Israeli diplomacy an oxymoron. The prime minister is in a deepening hole; his only way out is to move to the center.

Meanwhile, Peter Beinart has a smart comment on the weirdness, and true purpose, of the Israeli boycott.