Netanyahu chooses to make things worse with Capitol Hill speech

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:

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  1. Palestinian officials have dismissed Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress, saying it will not lead to peace.

    Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas said the speech merely added obstacles on the road to peace.

    Mr Netanyahu had told the US Congress that Israel was “willing to make painful compromises” to achieve peace.

    But he rejected US President Barack Obama’s call for a peace deal based on pre-1967 borders, plus land swaps.

    Mr Abbas said the Israeli prime minister’s speech “contained nothing we can build on”, adding that if no progress was made towards peace talks by September, the Palestinians would seek UN recognition unilaterally.

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