By Ben Cohen
The election of the ultra right wing Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel was a huge blow to the prospect of peace in the Middle East. Netanyahu, however, has been trying to paint himself as a 'partner for peace', saying:
"Peace: It's not the last goal. It's a common and enduring goal for all Israelis and all Israeli governments - mine included.
"This means I will negotiate with the Palestinian Authority for peace. I
think that the Palestinians should understand that they have in our
government a partner for peace, for security and for rapid economic
development of the Palestinian economy."
There is nothing in Netanyahu's history to suggest he is telling the truth, as his record is one of systematic opposition to any concessions made to Palestinians. 'Bibi' as he is known in Israel, is even further to the right than the brutal Ariel Sharon, and is widely regarded as an obstacle to serious reform in the region. Even Obama has his reservations, a sign that U.S/Israeli relations may become strained in the near future. The prospects for Palestinians doesn't look good, with some very troubling signs already.