It was not as if there was a chance of peace for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to squander in Washington. No peace process worth talking about exists to be revived. But he had a choice of making matters worse or better, and he chose to make them worse.
Not that you would have known that if your only contact with the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis was watching Mr Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of the US Congress.
Congressional lawmakers are not just pro-Israeli, like most Americans. They support Mr Netanyahu’s specific vision of Israel, judging by their response to his speech.
At home, where the Israeli prime minister has plenty of critics who do not share his view of Israel’s relations with its neighbours, he can only dream of getting the kind of reception that he had on Capitol Hill. Read more: