Israel has never been more isolated, with even reliable American support beginning to wear thin. And still the leadership resorts to military force when force offers no solutions. The international community urgently needs to level the playing field in the cause of peace.
Israel’s crisis has political roots. The Likud-led coalition does not face the democratic constraints of a credible opposition. The Labour Party is implicated in the policies of a radical right-wing government by its continued participation. The standard checks and balances of opposition politics have been neutralised and no alternate vision or leadership offered to voters.