This announcement that Ehud Barak is retiring, pretty much nails it.
Strangely, even Gwynne Dyer in the Manawatu Standard also agrees.
So here we go again, perhaps? Netanyahu is still the prime minister, and the next elections are due in January. What better way to ensure success than to go and bash the Palestinians again? A week later, with close to 150 Palestinians and three Israelis dead, and still counting, his re-election is assured: Israelis overwhelmingly support the current military operation.That's the case that is made against Israel. Does it hold water? Well, actually, no, it doesn't.
Note - I usually struggle to find common ground with Mr Dyer, and for the bulk of this article, I am still struggling.