"Laconic and soft-spoken, Hanegbi nonetheless has a reputation as a hard man in Israeli politics. He gradually has moved from the right to the centre, and is now a passionate advocate of the two-state solution." (Israelis see hope in switch to Trump, Greg Sheridan, 3/12/16)
Thanks for that, Greg,
To begin with, the Palestinian West Bank was occupied in 1967. That's almost 50 years ago.
The Palestinians adopted the two-state solution at the Arab Summit in Fez in 1982. That's 34 years ago.
And again at the Madrid Conference of 1991. That's 25 years ago.
And again at the Oslo Accords in 1993. That's 23 years ago.
And again, at the 2002 Arab League Peace Initiative. That's 14 years ago.
But NOW Hanegbi's "a passionate advocate of the two-state solution"?
Will wonders never cease?
Greg must've been so impressed that he forgot to mention 1) settlements; 2) the West Bank Wall; 3) occupied East Jerusalem; 4) the Jordan valley etc etc.
OK, so William Blake could see "A World in a Grain of Sand/ And a Heaven in a Wild Flower." But what about our Greg? He can see Passion in a Block of Ice!
Just imagine what he's going to see when "the one who comes after [Hanegbi], the straps of whose sandals [he is] not worthy to untie" gets here:
"Hanegbi's visit is a precursor to the planned visit of Netanyahu early next year, which will be the first time a serving Israeli prime minister has come to Australia. Hanegbi believes it will take the relationship into a new dimension of much broader and deeper practical co-operation."
I swear, the fabled Second Coming will be an anticlimax after this!